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Contact: Christina Chapple
Date: 1/23/04
 
SOUTHEASTERN LIONETTES PLACE SIXTH IN NATIONAL DANCE COMPETITION
      HAMMOND -- The Southeastern Louisiana University Lionette Dance Team earned sixth place honors at the 2004 College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championship in Orlando, Fla., January 15-18.
      In their fourth year of national Universal Cheerleaders Association/Universal Dance Association competition, the Southeastern dancers vied with teams from 18 other universities in the category for NCAA Division I schools. Based on their videotaped entry, the 10-member team had been awarded a paid bid to the competition.
      The Lionettes who brought the national honor back to Southeastern are co-captains Kim Dottolo, Ponchatoula, and Crystal Canepa, Meraux; Danielle Mistric, Baton Rouge; Katherine D’Antonio, Kenner; Erin Richard, Carencro; Heather Canepa, Meraux; Brandi Taylor, Bogalusa; Ashley Guidry, Marrero; Alison Camp, Rayne; and Jessy Shaw, Slidell.
      Teams are judged on communication and projection, choreography, group execution, dance technique and overall effect. “Every team in the finals was extremely competitive,” said Dottolo. “We did our best. The competition was hard, but fun.”
      Dottolo said the Lionettes’s performance had a “magic” theme and the dancers were clad in special costumes which they designed themselves. The team’s coach for the national competition was Amanda Perrett and its sponsor is Christen Anzalone.
      Anzalone said the Lionettes will hold tryouts April 22 and 24. For more information, interested dancers can contact her at canzalone@selu.edu.