Dance team holds fundraisers to compete at nationals

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    TCU Elite Dance team is just a leap away from its third trip to nationals.

    The team, compiled of TCU students, competed in the finals round the last two years at the NCA/NDA Collegiate Cheer and Dance Championship. 

    TCU Elite was founded in 2009, Megan McDonald, director of TCU Elite, said. Harder requirement and techniques raised the bar at this year’s auditions.

    “We have a great group of girls that are working and ready to win,” McDonald said.

    The team held many fundraisers throughout the year while practicing twice a week and had a recent showcase in order to prepare for nationals, she said. 

    The team held fundraisers at Yo! Frozen Yogurt Lounge, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, Sonic and others. Money from sponsors, garage sales and the dancers’ dues are also used for the competition.

    SGA allots the team money as a student-run sports club, and while they are grateful, it does not cover all costs, McDonald, who now coaches TCU Elite after an injury in the team’s inaugural year, said.

    “It’s been a learning experience for the team and for me,” McDonald said.

    Junior kinesiology major and Co-captain Gina Gapstur said she missed tryouts for the TCU Showgirls as a freshman. After competing and going to nationals with the team, Gapstur said she was happy with her experience and stayed with TCU Elite instead of trying out for the Showgirls.

    As a third year member, leading and watching the team develop from its start is rewarding, Gapstur said.

    “It’s cool… thinking of new ideas and fundraisers each year,” Gapstur said. “It’s all about trial and error, being a new team.”