Competitive cheer, dance added to intercollegiate sports lineup
Transylvania will add competitive cheerleading and dance to its intercollegiate sports lineup with the start of the 2012-13 season. These teams will eventually compete for post-season bids to national championships, while “spirit” cheer and dance squads will continue to perform at men’s and women’s basketball games, campus activities, and community service events.
Teams can qualify for national competition after attending camps run by the National Cheerleading Association and the National Dance Association, or by videos submitted to those organizations.
Tora Carter, who has coached both spirit teams at Transylvania for eight years, will also lead the competitive squads. Recruiting is underway, targeted at between 12 and 20 members for each team. Athletes can be members of both the spirit and competitive teams.
Carter is also program director at Legacy Cheer and Dance of Lexington, where she works with over 400 cheerleaders and dancers from age three to 25. She is certified by the American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Advisors.
“This is an exciting time for Transylvania,” said Carter, who graduated from the University of Kentucky, where she was a member of the UK Danzers. She also coached at UK from 2004-05. “There has always
been interest at Transylvania in having these competitive teams, so I feel we can get the programs up and running quickly. Very few small colleges in this area offer both competitive and spirit teams, so Transylvania is definitely on the cutting edge.”
“These programs will provide a great opportunity to attract the highest caliber cheerleaders and dancers in the region,” said athletics director Jack Ebel ’77. “We think Transylvania is a place they will want to attend and that Tora is the perfect person to grow the programs.”
With the announcement earlier this year of the addition of men’s and women’s lacrosse to Transylvania’s lineup, the university will be sponsoring 22 intercollegiate sports programs with the 2012-13 school year.