MEMPHIS, Tenn., Feb. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The 2018 National High School Cheerleading Championship and National Dance Team Championship, produced by the Universal Cheerleaders Association and Universal Dance Association, both Varsity Spirit brands, recently hosted more than 20,000 of the country’s top high school cheerleaders and dancers. The cheerleading championship took place Feb. 10 – 11 and the dance championship the previous weekend of Feb. 2 – 4, both at the Walt Disney World® Resort in Orlando, Florida.

The Universal Cheerleaders Association and the Universal Dance Association

“These cheerleaders and dancers have devoted hundreds of hours to leading the crowds at games and pep rallies, generating spirit in their schools and communities, and supporting their schools’ athletic teams,” said Jeff Webb, Founder and Chairman of Varsity Spirit. “We are honored to host these championships to recognize these dedicated and talented young people.”

The two events showcased the talent of more than 5,500 dancers from 380 teams and 15,000 cheerleaders from 800 teams. Cheerleading teams are judged on their crowd leading abilities, stunting and tumbling skills and overall performance. The dance competition is judged on choreography, technique, execution and overall effect. All teams competing in the championship had to qualify at a regional event or camp in order to participate.

Varsity Spirit live-streamed both of the championships on Varsity TV, a website dedicated to exclusive live coverage and a video library of Varsity Spirit cheer and dance competitions. The competitions will also air on ESPNU and ESPN2 starting in late March. Viewers can check their local listings for air times.

Cheerleading Large Division winners included:

  • Large Varsity Division I: Fishers High School—Fishers, Ind.
  • Large Varsity Division II: Bishop McCort High School—Johnstown, Penn.
  • Large Varsity Coed: Graves County High School—Mayfield, Ky.
  • Large Varsity Game Day: Bloomington Jefferson High School—Bloomington, Minn.
  • Large Varsity Coed Game Day: Archbishop Rummel High School—Metairie, La.

Cheerleading Medium Division winners included:

  • Medium Varsity Division I: Live Oak High School—Watson, La.
  • Medium Varsity Division II: Corbin High School—Corbin, Ky.
  • Medium Varsity Coed: McCracken County High School—Paducah, Ky.
  • Medium Varsity Game Day: Alma High School—Alma, Ark.
  • Medium Coed Game Day: Archbishop Shaw High School—Marrero, La.

Cheerleading Small Division winners included:

  • Small Varsity Division I: Corner Canyon High School—Draper, Utah
  • Small Varsity Division II: Pikeville High School—Pikeville, Ky.
  • Small Varsity Coed: Blackman High School—Murfreesboro, Tenn.
  • Small Varsity Game Day: Briarcrest Christian School—Eads, Tenn.
  • Small Varsity Coed Game Day: Woodford County High School—Versailles, Ky.

Dance Team Large Varsity winners included:

  • Large Varsity Hip Hop: Fort Zumwalt West High School—O’Fallon, Mo.
  • Large Varsity Pom: Bearden High School—Knoxville, Tenn.
  • Large Varsity Jazz: Coral Reef High School—Coral Reef, Fla.

Dance Team Varsity High Kick

Varsity High Kick: Seminole High School—Sanford, Fla.

Dance Team Medium Varsity winners included:

  • Medium Varsity Hip Hop: Eisenhower High School—Shelby County, Mich. 
  • Medium Varsity Pom: St. Thomas More Catholic High School—Lafayette, La.
  • Medium Varsity Jazz: Eisenhower High School—Shelby County, Mich.

Dance Team Small Varsity winners included:

  • Small Varsity Hip Hop: Academy of the Holy Angels—Demarest, NJ
  • Small Varsity Pom: Seton High School—Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Small Varsity Jazz: Farragut High School—Knoxville, Tenn. 

More than 80,000 attended the national championship events, with performances at six venues within ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World® Resort, including The Arena at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, which officially opened January 12, and is the first facility in the world built specifically for cheer and dance competitions.  

The Universal Cheerleaders Association and Universal Dance Association are dedicated to the safe and responsible practice of cheerleading and dance, and all teams participating in the National High School Cheerleading and Dance Team Championships comply with the American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Administrators’ safety guidelines.

About Varsity Spirit
Memphis-based Varsity Spirit has been a driving force behind cheerleading’s dynamic transformation into the high-energy, athletic activity it is today, and the leading global source for all things cheerleading and dance. A division of Varsity Brands, Varsity Spirit is a leader in uniform innovation and educational camps, clinics and competitions, impacting nearly a million athletes each year. Focused on safety, entertainment and traditional school leadership, Varsity Spirit’s 5,000 employees have been helping raise cheerleading’s influence and profile since 1974. For more information about Varsity Spirit or Varsity Brands, please visit or

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