The California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) Dance Team added another award to its trophy case, capturing second-place honors at the 2011 Universal Dance Association College National Championship at Walt Disney World in Orlando.
Only 13 teams were selected to perform in the finals of the Division I Jazz competition, and CSULB placed second, just behind winner Cal State Fullerton and ahead of third-place finisher Missouri State University.
The 49er Dance Team also made the finals of the Division I Hip Hop competition—a field from which CSULB has long-been absent at the national level. The squad finished ninth in that category.
In addition to technical difficulty and synchronization, the team was judged on spacing, creativity and musicality. The dancers’ ability to rank highly in all these categories is a testament to their talent, hard work and the leadership of head coach Rey Lozano, who has been with the team for more than 20 years, and assistant coach Angela Andros.
Nationally ranked, the Dance Team is a competitive, all-female squad that performs at basketball games, and campus and community events.