Walmsley Wins Jazz Division as Dance Competes in Virtual Competition

Walmsley Wins Jazz Division as Dance Competes in Virtual Competition

Alma, Mich. - Dancers from across the nation took the stage, virtually, on September 26 for the first-ever Universal Dance Association Solo Showdown. Head Coach Tracy Burton selected Jenna Baker, Alexis Abu-Joudeh, Courtney Cowen, Jordan Lorenger, and Madelyn Walmsley to take on the challenge. 

"Two weeks before the entry date we were given the opportunity to submit five dancers in a virtual solo competition. We normally compete through UDA's sister company, NDA, so we knew this was going to be a new challenge for us," Burton said. "Five of our athletes found time in their busy schedules to select music, choreograph a solo, gather costumes from home and put together something special and unique that would represent Alma College in a positive way. This rare virtual event was an important way for ADT to show that during times of challenge there are always opportunities for growth and resilience."
 
Participants created a 1 minute and 30-second video of themselves performing a Jazz, Contemporary, Pom, or Hip Hop solo. Each routine was judged on execution, impression, and choreography then streamed online for fans to watch from home. The one-of-a-kind solo competition brought together 300 athletes from all over the nation to showcase their skills. 
 
In the College Jazz Division, Walmsley placed first out of 11 jazz solos with a top score of 93.40. The freshman scored higher than dancers from California Baptist University, Northeastern University, University of California Los Angeles, and more.
 
Madelyn Walmsley's Jazz Performance
 
In the College Hip Hop Division, Abu-Joudeh nabbed second out of seven hip hop solos with an 87.13. The junior captain finished behind Breanna Stambaugh from University of Memphis. 
 
Alexis Abu-Joudeh's Hip Hop Performance
 
In the College Pom Division, Baker earned second out of eight pom solos with an 87.00 behind Francesca DeCaro from Hofstra University. 
 
Jenna Baker's Pom Performance
 
In the College Contemporary Division, the freshman pair of Lorenger and Cowen grabbed sixth and seventh place respectively out of 20 contemporary solos. Lorenger scored a 91.20 while Cowen received a 90.26. 
 
Jordan Lorenger's Contemporary Performance
 
Courtney Cowen's Contemporary Performance
 
The dance team will be competing virtually again on November 18 with National Dance Alliance.