If you think you have school spirit, take a look at the University of Minnesota, whose mascot and dancers have won national awards steadily for the past two decades. The U of M Dance Team has, in fact, swept up with 34 national titles in Pom and Jazz dance since they started participating in the United Dance Association/United Cheer Association championships, a national competition for spirit leaders of colleges and universities across the country. Once again, Rhinestones Unlimited will be sponsoring this hometown team of dancers, along with Swarovski®, to create another stunning, sparkling costume for the culminating event in January. You may remember the costume we sponsored for their 2016 Jazz routine at the UDA/UCA finals: an understated nude leotard, skirted in gauzy white and covered in custom Swarovski® Crystal Rock appliques and cascades of crystal in shades of rose gold and sheer metallic. The look was a demure pairing for the music, Lorde’s smoky rendition of “Everybody Wants to Rule the World.” The 2015-16 team took silver in that performance, earning second place behind the University of Tennessee and beating out numerous other college schools in their division. This year, we will again be assisting in the custom design of the costume with the team’s voice. Swarovski® will be contributing professional design services and the crystal products, while we will be helping pull the inspiration of the choreographer, coaches, costume designer and team together into an award-winning look. We expect this contribution to help the Gopher Dance Team outshine the competition and bring home their 19th National Championship total in the Jazz and Pom Division!
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