Song Team places first out of 87 teams at ESPN Sports Complex in Orlando Florida

By Nicole Cestone, Head Coach, Varsity Song Team     3/6/2019

The SMCHS varsity song team was named National Champion in Orlando at the 2019 National Dance Team Championship of Universal Dance Association (UDA).  Out of 87 teams in their division, they prevailed over the reigning champions Seton High School from Cincinnati, Ohio and St. Thomas More Catholic High School from Lafayette, LA.  The UDA National Dance Team Championship is the most prestigious dance competition and varsity brand in the world.  

During the 3-day national competition, dance teams from all 50 states competed with a total of 6,000 competitors. The competition began with prelim, and semi-final elimination rounds, and concluded with the final round, all taking place at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida. This is the first time in Santa Margarita Catholic High School history that the school has won this title at the event. The team will be featured on ESPN in March.   

The 2019 National Dance Team Championship takes place at the Walt Disney World Resort® in Orlando, Florida. The NDTC is administered by Universal Dance Association, a division of Varsity Spirit. The NDTC is the only national-level dance team championship that is endorsed by the National Federation of State High School Associations, the national service and administrative organization for high school athletics and fine arts programs in speech, debate, theater, and music.