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2011-12 Southeast Sundancers - NDA Nationals


History & Alumni

Since 1973 the Southeast Sundancer dance team has been entertaining crowds at athletic and community events with lots of glitz, glamour and creativity. During the 1997-98 and 1998-99 teams took a great regional reputation to the national level. In April of both 1998 & 1999, the Sundancers performed on national television while earning a seventh place finish at the NCA Division I Dance Team National Championships in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Over the years, more than 415 women have performed on Southeast’s dance and pom pon teams. The program was formally structured during the 1972-73 school year as the “American Dream” Pom Pon squad under the sponsorship of Dr. Doris Skelton. Sporting red, white and blue uniforms, the squad performed primarily during Southeast basketball game halftimes. By 1977, the program began to perform with the Golden Eagles Marching Band and adopted the name “Hill Toppers."

In 1980, team member Laurie Deane proposed the team be renamed “Sundancers.” The new name was adopted to stress a dance focus and to have a team name more closely aligned with the area’s rich native American heritage.

The Sundancer program has grown to earn more than 70 national and regional dance awards. Today’s Sundancer squad is busier then ever. Coach Parham has helped maintain the team’s University and community appearance through academic standing and dance excellence.