Beginning in 1997, the team competed with the National Dance Association (NDA) and participated in the NDA "Danz" camps held in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. From 2001 to 2005, the team held private camps with choreographer Tony Gonzalez and then Kim Alexander. In 2001, the team was ranked tenth in the nation in Division I Dance; in 2004, they placed twelfth in Division I. On April 7, 2005, the team again attended the annual NDA competition held in Daytona Beach, FL where they placed second in the nation in Division Open Dance.
In 2007, FAU Dance overcame many obstacles and injuries and once again entered the national competition; although they were only able to compete with ten girls against teams twice their size, FAU Dance won second place in NDA's Open Division Challenge Cup (tenth place overall). In 2006, the team attended camp at Universal Dance Association (UDA), and since 2007, FAU Dance has attended ProDance Collegiate--the nations most phenomenal and exciting dance camp for collegiate dancers.
Beginning in 2006, the FAU Dance Team has been featured in articles by Sun Sentinel sports writer Ted Hutton as the "#1 reason to attend FAU basketball games," and the team has also been noted for their exciting, contemporary, entertaining costumes and choreography on the College Dance Team Central news blog.
FAU Dance supports both the men's and women's FAU Basketball programs as well as every home game for the Fighting Owls Football Team. Our dance team is made up of 12-15 women and the team performs at all FAU basketball half-times.
We make many public appearances at which the FAU Dance Team must be able to speak well and represent the University in a professional manner. The FAU Dance does public appearances as requested by the University and public. They range from various performances such as the Annual Chili Cook-off and private company appearances.
The FAU Dance currently practice three days a week (Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday) with additional practices scheduled when needed. Practices are held from 6:00p.m. till 9:00pm at "The Burrow" in the upstairs practice area.
The cost to be on the team includes travel expenses for camp (plane ticket or bus fee) and fees for Nationals. Attendance at Nationals is contingent upon team readiness and dancers' abilities to raise the necessary funds. The coach will advise the team as to what specific fees will be associated with each upcoming season. Dancers are responsible for obtaining the proper dance shoes and boots (designated by the coach) and their own make-up.
FAU Dance will have team work outs scheduled as needed.
FAU Dance receives stipends per semester based on years of participation and scholastic achievement from the University Athletic Association.
For more information regarding the FAU Dance Team, please contact:
(561) 756-3345 or FAUdance@gmail.com