Cheer and dance end hiatus


Photo by Emilee Fails

The competitive dance team competes against Aquinas at their first home meet earlier this month. Last weekend, the team ended the day with a score of 85.96 and placed first out of six teams.

Written By Dara Collins, Editor-Elect

The competitive cheer and dance teams launched back into action after a two-week hiatus from competitions.

The teams competed at the Siena Heights Halo Classic this past Sunday, Jan. 27, in Adrian, Mich. This was the first meet since the cheer squad competed at the Concordia (Mich.) Tri-Meet on Jan. 11, and the dance team performed at the Pioneer Preview on Jan. 13 in the program’s inaugural local contest.

In preparation for the meet, the dance team performed their competition routine for the crowd during halftime at the women’s basketball game last Saturday.

The two weeks of practice and halftime performance paid off for the dance team as they scored 85.96 to earn a gold plaque and place first of six teams.

The Pioneers’ score was their second highest of the season and one of the highest in National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics this season. Point Park’s highest score of the season, 92, came from a contest at Concordia (Mich.) on Dec. 7.

Both groups will pack the buses and head to Grand Rapids, Mich., to compete at the Aquinas Saints Showdown on Super Bowl Sunday. The teams will dual twice at the meeting with the routines beginning at 9 a.m. for the first round and 1 p.m. for the second.