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About Universal Dance Association

Universal Dance Association was founded in 1980 as Universal Dance Camps. It was started as a need for educational training for what were then “drill teams,” until UDA coined the phrase “dance teams” to better promote the activity. Today the phrase “dance team” is used around the world! Jeff Webb and Kris Shepherd started UDA to provide high quality educational training for college and high school dancers through summer camps and clinics on college campuses. From the beginning, UDA focused on the highest standards-the finest instructors, the best choreographers and the most exciting and innovative routines anywhere!

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Looking Back: The 10 Most Watched Routines From NDTC 2024

Looking Back: The 10 Most Watched Routines From NDTC 2024

The UDA National Dance Team Championship is one of the biggest dance events for junior high, high school, and all star dancers to come together for one extraordinary weekend in hopes of being crowned a National Champion and taking home the coveted white satin jacket. This year we saw impressive routines, hard-hitting skills, and new National Champions being crowned!

May. 28, 2024

10 Most-Watched Routines From UCA & UDA College Nationals

10 Most-Watched Routines From UCA & UDA College Nationals

UCA & UDA College Nationals kicked off the 2024 season with show-stopping performances from some of the best colleges in the country. This past January, teams traveled to Walt Disney World to take the stage over three days at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. UCA & UDA College Nationals showcases some of the best performances year after year with their innovative skills and incredible athleticism.

May. 24, 2024

Looking Back: Medium Jazz Action At The 2023 UDA NDTC

Looking Back: Medium Jazz Action At The 2023 UDA NDTC

It's gearing up to be a magical weekend at the Walt Disney World Resort as the 2024 UDA National Dance Team Championship is set to get underway! Some of the most talented high school dance teams from all across the nation will make their way to Orlando, Florida to take the stage February 2-4. Each year, teams continue to add to the history books at this prestigious event as they add more National Championship titles to their name. The event is the culmination of the hard work these dancers have put in all season long to bring their routines to life. All of the action will be LIVE on Varsity TV throughout the entire weekend.

Jan. 31, 2024

Insider Info: 2024 UCA College Nationals

Insider Info: 2024 UCA College Nationals

The UCA & UDA College Cheerleading & Dance Team National Championship returns to Orlando, Florida, in 2024, and you won’t want to miss a minute of the action!

Dec. 28, 2023

Insider Info: 2023 UCA & UDA Smoky Mountain Championship

Insider Info: 2023 UCA & UDA Smoky Mountain Championship

Competition season is here and the next stop is Sevierville, Tennessee, for the 2023 UCA & UDA Smoky Mountain Championship. Top teams from across the Southeast will compete their routines to earn regional titles and hopefully secure a bid to the national events in Orlando, Florida.

Nov. 22, 2023