Universal Dance Association was founded in 1980 as Universal Dance Camps. 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.
Summer camps were established nationwide featuring private coaching that allowed every team a one-on-one relationship with the UDA Staff. While the emphasis on team growth and improvement is always a constant at UDA camps, the staff also seek to make the camp fun and productive! Teams are taught routines, proper technique, conditioning and much more. Only at UDA do you get the complete package!
UDA’s goal is to inspire leadership among today’s dance teams. All of UDA’s material and programs are centrally focused on the traditional role of dance teams. UDA believes that the primary purpose of a dancer is to support athletic programs and to provide entertainment to the crowd before and during games. Dancers play an instrumental role in raising, leading and maintaining school spirit in and around their communities. Today, UDA is the largest dance team educator with 500+ camp sessions teaching over 35,000 high school and collegiate dancers.
UDA proud to be known as America’s Dance Team Authority. Learn more about how the UDA Staff work to uphold this standard!
The UDA Staff is made up of 300 instructors that hail from the nation’s top universities! They are talented, knowledgeable, and have a passion for teaching and educating dance teams. Want to learn more? Click the button below!
Varsity is proud to partner with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® in a program that engages teams in putting what we stand for – building morale, leadership, teamwork and spirit on and off the field – into action. During this year’s camp season, teams will have the opportunity to be a part of giving hope to St. Jude kids and being a powerful force in raising awareness for this most worthwhile mission.
"'``I want to inspire dancers the way that my UDA instructors have inspired me. As an instructor, my goal is to create a positive environment where dancers can grow as performers, teammates, leaders and individuals.'" Paige S.UDA Staff Member
"'``I try to make dancers feel comfortable with themselves and their dancing by giving constructive and positive feedback that motivates them to keep working towards their personal best.'" MT A.UDA Staff Member
"'``I love seeing teams create bonds that last a lifetime! Through our #squadgoals program and exercises, I've witnessed our campers grow as a team and leave camp stronger than ever.'" Taylor L.UDA Staff Member
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