Jamestown College establishing competitive dance team

Jamestown College will add competitive dance to its lineup of athletic offerings beginning in the 2011-12 school year.

“With the high level of participation in dance at the high school level, it makes sense to offer a program with such broad appeal,” says Athletic Director Lawrie Paulson. “Competitive dance is an emerging sport with more than 50 schools in the NAIA participating.”

The team will be made up of approximately 24 dancers and will compete for a bid into the Universal Dance Association National Championships held in January in Orlando, Fla. Fans closer to home will see the team perform at Jimmie football and basketball games and other regional events.

“This is a great opportunity for students with an interest in dance to participate in a sport they love while obtaining an excellent education,” says Tena Lawrence, Dean of Enrollment Management. “Our program is unique in this region in two ways – we are offering talent scholarships to qualified participants, and the team is coached by an individual with a background in competitive dance and who has earned a master’s degree in dance.”

Kimberly Williams has been named Dance Team Director. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in dance from Lindenwood University, Saint Charles, Mo., and attended Oklahoma City University’s Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Arts Management Master of Fine Arts program.  As a member of the Lindenwood Lion Line Dance Team, Williams competed at the National College Dance Team Championships and was a part of the 2008 National Championship team.

“I’m looking forward to giving students the chance to continue dancing through college,” she says. “We’ll hold auditions in May with the goal of performing when school starts in August.”

Williams’ dance training includes ballet, tap, jazz, modern and musical theatre. She is a sought after judge for competitions and auditions as well as for choreographing routines. She was an instructor and later assistant head instructor for Universal Dance Association, traveling and teaching high school dance camps across six states.

Williams coached the Ritenour (Mo.) High School junior varsity dance team for three years, resulting in the team’s first-place finish at the Missouri State High School Dance Competition. She has competed regionally and nationally at Dance Champs, Spotlight Dance Cup, Stage One Productions and other competitions.

“Kimberly has terrific dance credentials and will be a great ambassador for Jamestown College and for our new competitive dance program,” Paulson says.

For more information about the Jamestown College Dance Team, contact Williams at (701) 252-3467 ext. 5021 or kiwillia@jc.edu.

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