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About the United Spirit Association

The United Spirit Association represents a 70-year tradition of summer training camps and special events, offering quality instruction and a creative environment where students can develop friendships and enjoy a positive learning experience.

The USA was established as an outgrowth of Robert Olmstead’s original California Specialty Camps. Mr. Olmstead conducted his first summer training camp in 1950 and since that time, hundreds of thousands of students have enjoyed “A summer vacation where learning is fun.” Today, as a part of the Varsity Spirit Corporation, the USA actively promotes the values, ideals and vision of the Olmsteads while working to reach students now and in the future. The USA is the largest summer camp and special event organization of its kind in the western United States, conducting camps primarily in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington. Through its “Home” camps and Special Events/Competitions, the USA reaches students and performers nationwide.

Living up to its name, the United Spirit Association provides specialized instruction and year-round events for spirit, dance and band auxiliary activities. This summer, USA camps will offer complete programs at all levels for cheerleaders, Songleaders/Pom, Dance Teams, Drum Majors, Mascots, Pep/Short Flags, Dance/Drill Teams, Advisors, Leadership Teams, Directors and Coaches.

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The 2020 USA Dance Nationals

USA Dance Nationals began in 1986.  The event takes place in Anaheim, CA and draws teams from throughout the western United States. Nearly 2,000 competitors and nearly 4,000 spectators are expected over this fun-filled and exciting weekend, vying for the Champion title in one of over 50 different divisions.  It is the premier event of its […]

Jan. 9, 2020

#VarsityRome Day Six: Parade Day

2019. We made it! It’s over! It was an amazing year for so many- we grew, we learned, we overcame challenges, we made new friends… we went to ROME! It’s parade day! It’s the first day of an incredible year, we gathered with thousands of others in the streets of Rome to participate in the […]

Jan. 1, 2020

#VarsityRome Day 4

Day 4: Same City, New Adventures Varsity Blue Today we took on one of the seven wonders of the world- the Colosseum. Stepping back thousands of years into one of the most historical and breathtaking spots on earth was a moment we will never forget. Once again, thanks to the incredible team that planned our […]

Dec. 30, 2019

#VarsityRome Day Three: Rome Tour and Florence

“The most important places on a map are the places we haven’t been yet.” Varsity White Today Varsity White ventured out of Rome to visit Florence, Italy. We started our day by heading to Roma Termini, a local train station. From there we boarded, found our seats and set off to Florence. Fun fact: the […]

Dec. 29, 2019

#VarsityRome Day 2

Day 2: Adventure Awaits!  After a night of good rest, we felt rested and ready to take on day 2. Varsity Blue For the first full day in Rome, Varsity Blue headed to the Vatican. Did you know the Vatican is a country of its own? Consisting of only 110 acres, it’s the smallest country […]

Dec. 28, 2019

#VarsityRome Travel & Day 1

Goodbye USA, Hello Roma!  As 2019 comes to a close, Varsity Spirit All-Americans from across the United States took the journey over to one of the most historic and beautiful cities in the world. On December 26th, we gathered at gateway cities to meet up with a Varsity Spirit Staff member. We then boarded a […]

Dec. 27, 2019