The UCLA Dance Team Revisited

This article was originally published on UltimateCheerleaders.com.  Once again, not really related to the Charger Girls.  We have two former USC Song Girls on the Charger Girls and I wouldn’t mind seeing a couple of the graduating UCLA Dance Team members on the 2010 Charger Girl squad…tryouts in April.

A few weeks ago, I attended a UCLA basketball game and was fortunate enough to take a few snapshots of the incomparable UCLA Dance Team. Last Saturday, I made a return visit to Pauley Pavilion and thanks to StubHub.com, I was able to snap up a lower level seat for the game against the last place Oregon Ducks. This year, there’s not a whole lot separating the last place team from the first place team. Some pundits say that the PAC-10 is down, but I think it’s more accurate to say that there is parity in the league.

In truth, it’s a down year for UCLA basketball, no doubt. UCLA has lost Kevin Love, Jrue Holiday and Russell Westbrook to the NBA. All three of them would be starters on this team if they had not left school early. But that’s all water under the bridge. This team lacks star power and is very young, which means it is prone to turning the ball over at inopportune times…like in the last minute, with the score tied and a chance to take the lead. Alas, two turnovers in that last minute doomed the Bruins. The hot shooting Ducks torched the Bruins early before beating off a furious comeback by the Boys from Westwood. Final score, Nike U. – 70, UCLA – 68.

And speaking of star power, the UCLA Dance Team is definitely not lacking in this area. See for yourself.

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Over the past few years, the UCLA Dance Team has made a name for itself, winning a national dance competition in 2007, impressing many March Madness attendees over the years, and becoming the subject of many blogs (all positive coverage, unlike that other school’s squad across town). All of this notoriety and renown is well deserved. Even venerable sportscaster Dick Enberg has taken notice.

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As Dick Enberg would say, “Oh my!”

Of course, Dick Enberg is well aware of UCLA, having been the school’s basketball broadcaster in the 1970’s before moving on to bigger assignments.

My seats were really not good for photographing the Dance Team or UCLA basketball, but I did manage to snap a few photographs for our readers.  I would like to remind our readers that the school has a very good dance program that has produced a few dancers who have gone on to perform at the professional level.


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During one of the breaks, the UCLA Dance Team performed a tribute to the 70’s and wore these period appropriate costumes.

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Where’s the white go go boots?

And what would a visit to Pauley Pavilion without a couple of basketball photos to memorialize UCLA’s loss to the Ducks.

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I wonder what Ben Howland is thinking right about now.  Penny for your thoughts, coach.  Well, there’s always next year.

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In all seriousness, I am very proud of my alma mater’s Dance Team. There are all very talented and beautiful. And they are all very intelligent because you have to be a very good student to be accepted to UCLA, the most applied to university in the United States. Perhaps they are the reason why so many want to enroll in UCLA.

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