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Photos by Victoria Graff, and property of Schurz Communications, Inc., and vaughtsviews.com. All rights reserved; images may not be reprinted in print or online without permission of the owners. Reprinted images must be attributed to vaughtsviews.com and linked to the original site.

Photos by Victoria Graff, and property of Schurz Communications, Inc., and vaughtsviews.com. All rights reserved; images may not be reprinted in print or online without permission of the owners. Reprinted images must be attributed to vaughtsviews.com and linked to the original site.

By CHRISTIE HORAN

Christie Horan photo submitted.

Christie Horan photo submitted.

Hello BBN!

It’s Nationals season again for the University of Kentucky Dancers and Cheerleaders!! The UK dance team has been hard at work practicing our two routines for Nationals non-stop since the beginning of December. Our main focus during December and January, besides bringing BBN spirit and entertainment at basketball games, is to perfect both our Pom and Hip Hop routines for the 2014 UDA College Nationals competition, hosted in Orlando, FL at Disney World’s ESPN Wide World of Sports on January 18-19.

Although most of our nationals practices begin in November, we learned choreography in August. If you read my nationals blog last year, you have an idea about UKDT’s progress and success at Nationals, and if not please tune in this year!

UKDT has seven more practices and five more performances until we fly to Orlando for the big competition! We’ve worked hard as a team and committed long hours to making our Nationals dances as perfect as possible. Dancers are all about precision and execution!! We will use these last practices to fine tune each move and work on our stamina. Each dance is a two-minute routine jam packed with high energy, and challenging choreography and technique. UKDT excels at our high-energy performance quality and showmanship. We love to dance and we hope the audience can tell through our performances!

This UKDT 2014 Nationals team is one-of-a-kind. We are determined to bring home a dance team championship to the University of Kentucky. As a team, we believe this is possible with hard work, positivity, team work, full hearts, and determination.

UKDT’s Nationals Preview is Sunday, January 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Coliseum after the Women’s Basketball game. Please attend to cheer us on and lift our spirits before we compete at Nationals!!

Until next time, GO CATS!!

Click on the photo above to see the UK Dance Team, with Larry Vaught and Jamee Stephens, wish you a Merry Christmas.

Click on the photo above to see the UK Dance Team, with Larry Vaught and Jamee Stephens, wish you a Merry Christmas.

Larry and five-year-old Jamee Stephens pose with members of the University of Kentucky Dance Team prior to the game against Belmont. (Gary Moyers photo)

Larry and five-year-old Jamee Stephens pose with members of the University of Kentucky Dance Team prior to the game against Belmont. (Gary Moyers photo)

The University of Kentucky Dance Team met Saturday with fans prior to the Cats’ game against Belmont at Rupp Arena, and one young fan was an instant hit.

Five-year-old Jamee Stephens of Whitley City attended her first UK game ever, and while saying hello to the Dance Team ladies, she became a part of the coverage when Larry asked her to pose with him and the team members for his holiday header picture on vaughtsviews.com

Thanks to Jamee for being the cute face of Big Blue Nation!

Click on the photo above to view the video of Larry interviewing UK Dance Team captains about calendars and posters, and upcoming competitions. (Gary Moyers videographer)

Click on the photo above to view the video of Larry interviewing UK Dance Team captains about calendars and posters, and upcoming competitions. (Gary Moyers videographer)

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Photos by Victoria Graff, and property of Schurz Communications, Inc., and vaughtsviews.com. All rights reserved; images may not be reprinted in print or online without permission of the owners. Reprinted images must be attributed to vaughtsviews.com and linked to the original site.

Photos by Victoria Graff, and property of Schurz Communications, Inc., and vaughtsviews.com. All rights reserved; images may not be reprinted in print or online without permission of the owners. Reprinted images must be attributed to vaughtsviews.com and linked to the original site.

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky dance team member Christie Horan has been a great friend for vaughtsviews.com — remember she blogged about the national competition last year.

If you want to know even more about the dance team, check out University of Kentucky Dance Team on Facebook or @KentuckyDance on Twitter. You can also find information on  Instagram: ukdanceteam.

As you enjoy the slide show of dance team photos by Vicky Graff, here’s a bit about the dancers and what lies ahead thanks to Horan.

Question: How has the dance team season been going and how do you feel about what lies ahead for the team?
Horan: “The dance team season is going great this year! We’ve been working really hard since the 2013-2014 team was decided back in May to perform outstandingly at every game, performance, and appearance thus far. I proudly say I think we’ve done just that. We’ve had amazing feedback this year and we hope to continue to go above and beyond the BBN’s expectations. UDA Nationals is approaching in January so that is our next big focus. UKDT is looking to bring home dance national championships! BBN should expect to see more fun, high-energy and entertaining game performances for the rest of the football and basketball seasons.”
Question: For folks interested, when will the dance team calendar/poster be coming out and how can they get one?
Horan: “The UK dance team 12-month calendar will be available for sale in late November/early December. Every UK fan should buy one!! The calendar makes for a great holiday gift if you’re looking for one! The calendars are $10 and can be bought through a UK dancer or through our Facebook page. UK Dance Team posters are also available. Please express interest through our Facebook page or Twitter page.”
Question: How much fun do you anticipate basketball season being?
Horan: “Basketball season is going to be SOOO MUCH FUN!! Starting with this year’s Big Blue Madness and continuing through the first couple games, I’ve had the most fun on the court this year! The basketball team is going to be absolutely phenomenal this year. I’m so incredibly happy I can be apart of something as great as UK Basketball. I’m looking forward to another great season!”

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Photos by Victoria Graff, and property of Schurz Communications, Inc., and vaughtsviews.com. All rights reserved; images may not be reprinted in print or online without permission of the owners. Reprinted images must be attributed to vaughtsviews.com and linked to the original site.

Photos by Victoria Graff, and property of Schurz Communications, Inc., and vaughtsviews.com. All rights reserved; images may not be reprinted in print or online without permission of the owners. Reprinted images must be attributed to vaughtsviews.com and linked to the original site.

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