Topeka, Kan. – Washburn University’s dance team, the Dancing Blues, won the national championship in the American Dance/Drill Team National Championships competition. They won the open category with a contemporary dance.
In addition to their national championship win, the Dancing Blues were the first runner up in the Hip Hop category. The Dancing Blues team spent more than 200 hours practicing these two dances in order to prepare for the American Dance/Drill Team National Championships competition against 22 other college teams from the Midwest and south United States. Both of the dances were choreographed by former Dancing Blues captain Josie Price Dease, a graduate of Washburn University.
The American Dance/Drill Team National Championships are a competition hosted by the organization American Dance/Drill Team. Since 1958, they have been providing instruction, competition, and education to dance and drill teams around the country.
Congratulations to coach Angie Price and the twelve members of the Dancing Blues: Aryn McGrath, Gabrielle "Abby" Price, Caralea Manthe, Emily Clanton, Hayden Schlochtermeier, Kassandra Hogan, Kelsey Schmitz, Michaela Trobough, Mikayla Griffin, Radie Keller, Shayla Rilinger, and Valerie Ridder.