DALLAS, Feb. 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- This year's NCA & NDA All-Star National Championship, a Varsity Spirit event, recently hosted more than 1,200 of the country's top cheerleading and dance teams. The elite competition took place Feb. 19 – 21 at Dallas' Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. More than 50,000 spectators attended to cheer on 25,000 cheerleaders and dancers from 35 U.S. states and eight countries around the world.
These teams have spent many months training, and their hours of diligence and preparation were highlighted on the famous competition floor. Now in its 28th year, the three-day event hosted more than 25,000 cheerleaders and dancers from over 1,200 teams and reached capacity just an hour after registration opened. Cheerleading teams are judged on athletic skills, such as stunting and tumbling, along with their overall performance, while the dance competition is judged on choreography, technique, execution and overall effect.
"All-Star Nationals is an amazing event – seeing more than 25,000 elite dancers and cheerleaders come together from across the globe really illustrates the passion and continued growth of the cheerleading and dance world," said Justin Carrier, Vice President of NCA & NDA. "We are honored to host these dedicated young competitors and proud of all of the 2016 All-Star Nationals teams."
Level 5 Small Division Winners included:
Level 5 Small Senior Division (12 – 18 years old/no males/5-20 members) Woodlands Elite-Generals
Level 5 Small Coed Division (12 – 18 years old/1-4 males/5-20 members) Brandon All-Stars- Senior Black
Level 5 Medium Division Winners included:
Level 5 Medium Senior (12 – 18 years old/no males/21-30 members) Spirit of Texas-A Team
Level 5 Medium Coed (12 – 18 years old/1-8 males/5-30 members) Woodlands Elite-Black Ops
Level 5 Large Division Winners included:
Level 5 Large Senior (12 – 18 years old/no males/31-36 members) World Cup-Shooting Stars
Level 5 Large Senior Coed (12 – 18 years old/5-12 males/5-36 members) Cheer Athletics-Cheetahs
Level 5 International Division Winners included:
Level 5 International Open (14 years and older/1-4 males/5-24 members) Cheer Extreme-LAGX Cougars
Level 5 International Open Small Coed (14 years and older/1-4 males/5-24 members) Cheer Athletics-Swooshcats
Level 5 International Open Large Coed (14 years and older/5-124 males/5-24 members) CheerAthletics-Wildcats
The NCA & NDA All-Star National Championship is dedicated to the safe and responsible practice of cheerleading and dance, and All Star teams participating in the championships comply with the U.S. All Star Federation (USASF) safety guidelines. Check local listings for air times, as this event will be televised nationally on CBS Sports Network – with three 1-hour shows dedicated to the coverage. Visit nca.varsity.com or nda.varsity.com for more information.
About Varsity Spirit
Memphis-based Varsity Spirit has been a driving force behind cheerleading's dynamic transformation into the high-energy, athletic activity it is today, and the leading global source for all things cheerleading and dance. A division of Varsity Brands, Varsity Spirit is a leader in uniform innovation and educational camps, clinics and competitions, impacting nearly a million athletes each year. Focused on safety, entertainment and traditional school leadership, Varsity Spirit's 1,200 employees have been helping raise cheerleading's influence and profile since 1974. For more information about Varsity Spirit or Varsity Brands, please visit www.varsity.com or www.varsitybrands.com.
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