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Resources to Keep Teams Involved & Motivated

NDA Fall Opportunities
Summer might be drawing to a close, but you can still learn and grow from the best instructors in the industry! See below for our many fall training opportunities.
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Back to School Spirit Guide
The role of a dancer goes far beyond entertaining the crowd on the sidelines or taking the floor as an athlete on competition day. It’s about being a positive light and leader in your community, no matter the circumstances. Although going back to school this fall is going to look different across America, the primary role of a dancer remains the same – support the success of others and create a welcoming, spirited atmosphere for all. Check out these back to school social/emotional resources and creative activities to keep your student body’s spirit uplifted!
High School Spirit Guide
Collegiate Spirit Guide

IMPACT → Now
Varsity Brands acknowledges the unique challenges that administrators, teachers, school staff, and students are now facing. IMPACT NOW is designed to help schools and districts address unprecedented needs with a partner who is dedicated to elevating student experiences.
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Believe in YOU®
Believe in YOU® is an episodic series designed to educate students and staff about the incredible power of believing in yourself, despite the challenges and trials that life may present. Hosted by Kevin Atlas, and starring personalities from around the country who have overcome personal challenges to accomplish the  extraordinary.
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Together as One
“Together as One” was designed  as an opportunity for collaborative performance between cheer teams, dance teams, sports teams, music programs, and entire communities and crowds. This fully arranged, designed, and choreographed performance is available for FREE to any school and coach exploring halftime performances or community performances for 2020, and wanting the opportunity to involve other school or community groups into a larger production.
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New Coaches

Are you a new coach? Or are you looking for some fresh tips and tricks to help you during your season? Then the Varsity Spirit Dance Coach Manual is just for you! To request a digital copy, click here!

At Home Training Guides

Help your dancers stay in tip top shape during their time at home! From stretching to technique drills, these weekly trainings are sure to help your dancers maintain and improve in their skills.

Virtual Tryout Material

Varsity Spirit wants to help support you with some suggestions on ways to conduct a virtual tryout, keep student engagement and navigate your athletes through these uncertain times. Here are some helpful tools for hosting a Virtual Tryout:

BAND Virtual Tryout Tips

Varsity University Virtual Tryout Tips

Home Routine Rules

  • All teams have the option of participating in the Home Routine Evaluations on Night 1 of Camp.
  • Teams may perform any routine learned and perfected before camp to be evaluated by NDA Staff.
  • Teams participating in this Evaluation will have the opportunity to earn a bid to NDA Nationals if the routine scores 40 points or higher.
  • Routines should be limited to 2:00 or less.
  • Routines must follow the Varsity Spirit Music Guidelines.
  • Routines should follow the current NDA School Safety Rules.

Note: No penalties are assessed at camp. NDA asks that the above guidelines be followed for general safety and timeliness.

Coaches Resource Guide

New to coaching dance team or need a refresher? This is the place for you! The Varsity Spirit Dance Coach Resource Guide is available to you.

Continuing Education

Continuing Education (CEU) credit is a nationally recognized measure of sponsored activity through institutes, workshops and short courses. In some states, it will apply toward pay increases, certificate renewal or in-service training. Each coach will have to contact their local school board to know if any of these options apply in their state. CEU credit workshops are conducted at every NDA camp during the summer (excluding home camps). The cost to acquire the credit is an additional fee over the normal coach fee for attending camp.

All participants for these CEU credits MUST be received in the NDA Corporate Office no later than September 30, 2020. Certificates will be sent to the participants by the end of the current year. In order to receive credit, coaches are required to attend all classes and meetings.

NDA News

Virtual Fashion Show

Virtual Fashion Show

LIGHTS. CAMERA. FASHION! Calling all school cheerleaders and dancers! Ever dreamed of being in the Varsity Spirit Fashion Show? Here’s your chance! Deadline to submit your video is October 23, 2020. What we need from you: Grab your fave uniform, campwear, warmup or game day look, and video your best strut down the virtual catwalk. […]

Oct. 18, 2020

#ShowYourGold for St. Jude

Did you know it costs more than $1 billion to operate St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital each year, and almost all of that funding comes from donations? St. Jude treats thousands of children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases each year, and it’s made possible by teamwork.  When we say teamwork, we mean it. There are hundreds of organizations and people who come together to raise money every single day to […]

Sep. 2, 2020

How To Watch: 2020 NCA & NDA November Virtual Championship

How To Watch: 2020 NCA & NDA November Virtual Championship

The stage is set for what looks to be one unforgettable competition season. The 2020 NCA & NDA November Virtual Championship is coming your way soon and the action will be live to watch on-demand on Varsity TV on November 21st at 9 AM CT.

Sep. 1, 2020

47 Game Day Photos From NC State's Homecoming Weekend!

47 Game Day Photos From NC State’s Homecoming Weekend!

We're only two weeks away from releasing Varsity TV's newest game day documentary It's Game Day: NC State! We joined the Wolfpack on the sidelines of their biggest game of the year. The NC State Wolfpack and the Clemson Tigers go head to head for NC State's 2019 Homecoming game! 

Aug. 26, 2020

Dance Tips Daily Podcast

Dance Tips Daily Podcast Dani Albertina As dancers, we are no strangers to repetition. How many times has your coach, mentor or teacher said “one more time…” (5 times in a row) or “again!” before you’ve even finished the 8 count? Although we might not be too thrilled about hearing those words in the moment […]

Aug. 19, 2020

Meet Our Summer Camp Staff Who Lead With Love

The role of a spirit squad member transcends far beyond the sidelines, football fields, competition floors, and practice mats. Spirit leaders are responsible for showing up for their peers, being ambassadors for their schools, community leadership, the list goes on… There’s a lot to learn, and that’s why our Varsity Spirit Camp Instructors have been […]

Aug. 17, 2020