CORPUS CHRISTI – The 2013 Islanders Dance Team is headed to Daytona Beach, Fla. to compete in the National Cheerleaders Association and the National Dance Alliance Collegiate National Championships on April 10-14. The Islanders will perform their sassy jazz routine in the preliminary round on Thursday, April 11, at 11 a.m. EST in the Peabody Auditorium.
"The girls have been working really hard," Head Coach Melanie Lowry said. "We had to restructure our routine in a few days after Jasmine Pastrano suffered an illness, but we're going into the competition with positive vibes. We are disappointed that Jasmine can't perform with us, but we are excited to bring Islanders Spirit to Daytona Beach."
The event is the largest championship in the world for collegiate cheer and dance. The Islanders were chosen for their "outstanding technical ability and crowd involvement skills." The team will compete against 20 other teams in the Division I Open which will include UT Arlington, Marist College, American University, Stephen F. Austin, Southern Illinois University, Charlotte 49ers, Wright State University, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of New Hampshire, Villanova, Xavier, Georgia Southern University, University of South Dakota, South Dakota State, Bryant, Illinois State, Idaho State, Utah Valley, Wichita State and Sam Houston State who won the division last year.
The team will have two opportunities to advance to the finals. If the Islanders finish in the top 11 in the preliminary round on Thursday at 11 a.m. EST they will advance to the finals. The other opportunity will be Thursday night at 5 p.m. EST, when the remaining 10 teams go head-to-head in the Challenge Cup. The first-place winner of the Challenge Cup will also advance to the finals, which will be held Friday, April 12, between 12 p.m. EST and 3 p.m. EST.
There is no live stream for the Islanders performance and the Challenge Cup will not be televised, but fans have the opportunity to watch the performance from the preliminaries and the finals on delay, about two hours after the show, by clicking here.
For the latest on the details about the future performance times of nationals check out Islanders Dance on Facebook (Islanders Dance).