BYU Cougarettes earn second place with hip hop and jazz routines at NDA College Nationals

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The BYU Cougarettes won second place in both the jazz and hip hop categories at the NDA National Championships. (Photo from BYU Cougarettes Facebook)

The BYU Cougarettes have done it again. BYU’s dance team earned two second-place trophies at the 2018 NDA College Nationals in Daytona Beach, Florida on Saturday.

This year the BYU dance team won second place in the Jazz 1A category with a 9.726. They also took second place in the Hip Hop 1A division with a 9.691 score.

For the hip hop routine, the Cougarettes lost to the University of Louisville by .05 points.

“There truly aren’t enough words as to how we feel about our Hip@Hop routine,” the Cougarettes wrote on Instaram. “@shandonperez does it again with one of the most complex, demanding and entertaining routines ever!! By less than .05 again we took 2nd in D1A Hip Hop but we’re awarded the trophy for most innovative choreography!”

With the jazz routine, the Cougars fell to Texas Tech University by a mere .05 points. The jazz routine was to George Michael’s “When I Go.”

“It is with a great amount of love and pride that we share this beautiful jazz routine from Nationals this past weekend,” the Cougarettes wrote on Instagram. “Final score less than .05 behind the top team. It was an honor to compete against so many talented teams and to have so much support from so many over the past few days. We love our choreographers @karlmundt01 @rmdoran @innovate_dance. This routine is special and we felt special performing it. Thank you!”

Prior to Saturday’s competition, the Cougarettes held 17 National Collegiate Dance Team Champion titles.

When the Cougarettes aren’t performing or competing, they are part of BYU’s Spirit Squad, promoting school spirit at BYU’s athletic events.

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Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages UtahValley360.com for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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