Distinguished Dancers

Carlsbad High School’s varsity dance team, the Lancer Dancers, took home a first place title in the hip hop category and a third place title in the jazz category at this year’s Universal Dance Association (UDA) National Dance Team Competition, the largest and most prestigious dance competition in the country. The event took place in Orlando, FL in February, with several hundred of the nation’s top high school dance teams in attendance.

Known for their high energy, intensity, and intricate choreography, the Lancer Dancers now hold 12 national titles in the hip hop and jazz categories, as well as a world title. The team placed first last year in the hip hop category at the United Spirit Association (USA) National Competition in Anaheim, but haven’t won a first place title at UDA since 2012. “This was a huge win for us,” said Coach Laura Nares. “To win a title this year required a lot of extra effort and discipline having lost eight amazing seniors from last year’s squad. Over half of our team is new, which is a testament to how well the captains rose to the challenge of building a cohesive, unified team.”

The team is comprised of an elite group of dancers selected each year through a rigorous try-out and screening process. The Lancer Dancers perform at varsity football and basketball home games, and also dance at their annual showcase for students, families, and community members. The team takes pride in supporting several community events throughout the year as well, including their summer dance camp and fall dance classes for children ages five and up. For more information visit www.lancerdancers.com.