The Dance Team had a very successful trip to the UDA Collegiate National Championship in Orlando, FL. The team placed second in both Jazz and Pom for D1A which was the highest finish in the program’s history! The team was extremely proud of this accomplishment and is a fantastic step towards a National Championship. The routines will be featured on the ESPN Broadcast of the National Championship in the coming months.
There were 15 alumni and over 60 family members and friends that made the trip to Orlando to support the team. They were thrilled to have such a strong network of fans. They made their presence known by cheering loud and proud and even started “Stadium Ohio” before the team took the floor.
In February, the team is incredibly proud to host our 6th Annual Dance Team Alumni Event with over 50 alumni in attendance. There will be a reception and performance at the February 18th Men’s Basketball Game vs. Nebraska. In addition, the 10th Annual Ohio State Dance Team Workshop & Competition in Toledo, Ohio is happening on February 25th and expect over 150 attendees. Aside from these major events, the team will continue to focus on supporting our athletic teams and prep for upcoming tournament travel.
A big thank you to everyone who came to the Nationals Sendoff or sent positive messages. It makes all the difference and the coaching staff and team are so thankful for the support.
Winter greetings one and all. Since our last Brutus update, the year continued to get better and better for Brutus and company. Our teams activities focused on fulfilling the programs vision of:
- Making Brutus a visible prominent figure.
- Engaging people and his surroundings in a creative and entertaining way.
- Leading all communities he interacts in with professionalism and servitude.
We were able to do that with multiple performances & skits throughout the football season which you can catch by viewing the links below.
As awesome as these opportunities were, I would say our biggest highlight came when we had the privilege to team up with our extremely talented spirit program counterparts in the Ohio State Dance team. We were able to join them in there first ever dance during a football game and it was a memorable one to say the least. The dance was a hit and ended up going viral with over 1 million views between various online sources.
To see the full dance:
The fun didn't stop there as the team had a very busy end of the season. With the success of football during the regular season, Brutus had the opportunity to fly out and perform with TBDBITL and our awesome cheer program in Glendale during the CFP semifinal. Although we didn’t get the result we wanted, the student athlete's who attended had a blast and were grateful for the opportunity. To cap it all off, at our National Mascot competition in Orlando, Florida Brutus delivered an amazing skit performance giving him a 3rd place finish and solidifying him as one of the 3 most elite mascot's in the country.
To check out the performance:
The best part about all of this is that this group has been able to excel academically while delivering for the program on the athletic end of things. As a team the notched a cumulative 3.2 GPA which puts them well above the NCAA mandated 2.0 standard as well as the Scholar Athlete standard of 3.0. All in all, this group continues to amaze, and as the winter winds down you can catch Brutus at athletic events, and in the community. We look forward to the continued program success as these students march on towards graduation.
Greetings alumni and friends of the program! Our winter has been busy with National’s team practices, a trip back to Phoenix for the Fiesta Bowl and then competing at the 2017 UCA College National Championships! Once finals ended we went straight into nationals practices with a very young team! (15 of the 16 team members were underclassman) It was quite a learning experience for many team members as we strived to increase our difficulty from the past two seasons. An exciting element of our routine was being able to compete hand in hand pop throughs for the first time in program history and taking advantage of some of the new rules by implementing toe pitch rewinds and front flips into both of our pyramid sections.
The Fiesta Bowl was a fun trip even though the outcome of the game was not ideal. We were able to attend several OSU events and practice our national’s routine at Desert Storm Elite All-Star Gym. We once again had great hosts with Brian and his family who went above and beyond to make our trip as smooth as possible! A highlight of the trip for the team was being able to climb camelback mountain and enjoy the natural beauty and scenery that Arizona has to offer.
Once back on campus we entered the final push for nationals and were pleased to get 3 hits of our routine prior to heading to Orlando. While down in Florida we had a camera crew follow us during our entire trip and a documentary will be published in the near future showing some of the behind the scenes from our trip. (Information will be posted on social media when this is finalized.) Although we did not execute our routine at the highest level in finals, the team performed stronger than they did in semi-finals and it was a huge learning opportunity to prepare even stronger for 2018 and beyond. We placed 8th out of 24 teams and look to come back even stronger next year. Recently we just held the 27th annual OSU Cheer and Dance Team Competition with over 117 teams in attendance! The team worked hard throughout the day and performed well at the end of the day (Video can be found on our social media accounts.) We will soon be entering our “Down” season as you all know there is no true “Off” season for our team. We look to finish the basketball season strong and start transitioning from less practices to more open gyms to being preparing for the future! I look forward to introducing you to the 2017-2018 team when we publish our spring newsletter! Go Bucks!
- Ben Schreiber