LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming spirit program was impressive at last week's National Cheerleaders Association/National Dance Alliance College Cheer and Dance Camp in Las Vegas. The UW cheerleaders earned a second-straight Gold bid to NCA/NDA Nationals, while UW's dance team got a Gold bid, as well. Both squads also won the event's "Most Spirited" award, which was voted on by the teams in attendance and the camp's instructors.
"We are elated that cheer once again earned a Gold bid," UW head coach Matthew Ortega said. "What was even more exciting was that our dance team also received a Gold bid. Coach Keith [Smith] and the dancers really stood out as a talented force at camp, and I could not be any more proud of them."
Ortega helped the program earn its first Gold bid ever last summer, as Wyoming's cheerleaders went on to compete at Nationals last April and place ninth in the nation in their division. Now Ortega and assistant coach Keith Smith have helped dance get its first gold bid also. Nationals will once again be held in Daytona Beach, Fla., in April 2016.
"As a collegiate spirit program, our primary responsibility is the privilege of supporting our athletic programs here at UW," Ortega said. "However, having an opportunity for our cheerleaders and dancers to compete is crucial in that it challenges them to improve their skills as they are comparatively scored against other collegiate teams across the nation. Additionally, with the huge shift in the activity of cheer and dance within the past few years, providing them an opportunity to compete is an incentive and reward for the countless hours they support others in our school, community and beyond."
The UW spirit teams cheer and perform at all home football games, volleyball games, wrestling matches, men's and women's basketball games and also attend and participate in several community service projects and public appearances throughout the year.