Wake Forest Cheerleading & Dance Team - Blog #1

April 9, 2008

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Wake Forest Cheerleading and Dance Teams will be competing at the NCA/NDA Collegiate Cheer and Dance Championship April 9-13 in Daytona Beach, Fla. Demon Deacon seniors Drew Jack and Laura Waggoner will be filing periodic blog updates from Daytona.

For more information on the event, visit Varsity.com.

Blog #1 - April 9, 2008

Typically, the end of March Madness marks the end of the athletic year for most collegiate cheerleaders. However, March Madness is in full swing for teams competing in the National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) competition, which is essentially the equivalent to the NCAA basketball tournament. After months of preparation and practice, in addition to regularly scheduled football, basketball, and community appearances, the Wake Forest cheerleading team is headed to Daytona Beach, Florida to compete against 18 other teams at the NCA competition.

As a senior captain and someone who has watched the cheerleading program grow over the past four years, I feel that we are very capable of competing at the national level. At a recent dress rehearsal for our competition routine, cheers from fellow student-athletes, friends, family and members of the Winston-Salem community excited our team and gave us a boost of confidence for our performance on Thursday morning.

Stay tuned for further updates from Florida - Go Deacs!

- Drew Jack, Senior, Wake Forest Cheerleading Team

After much anticipation, the time has finally arrived for us to head down to Daytona. We, along with cheer, have been working so hard over the past few months preparing for this event. We had our last official practice at Wake Forest on Tuesday, before boarding the bus at midnight to leave for our national competition.

I'm feeling more confident after our performance and dress rehearsal earlier this weekend. Our energy was high on Sunday night, as our peers and many others gathered in Reynolds Gymnasium to watch our routine. Though we did well that evening, there is still work to be done. Tuesday's practice focused on cleaning up little details - it's extremely difficult to take fourteen individual dancers with various distinct backgrounds and styles of dance and make each girl look uniform.

This dance team has come so far; the talent has gotten exceedingly better over my past four years on the team, and with the talent and skills my teammates bring to the table this year, I know we stand a good chance of making finals. I cannot wait to get on the stage with these girls and show the other competitors in division IA what Wake Forest University has to offer. We are a talented team and have grown so close over the past few months, though it's hard not to feel nervous and anxious. Once we arrive in Daytona, it'll be our time to shine!!

- Laura Waggoner, Senior, Wake Forest Dance Team

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