The Notre Dame de Sion School Cheerleaders are an enthusiastic group of young women who work together to support Sion’s athletic teams and special events. The squad promotes Sion spirit by attending Varsity volleyball and basketball games at home and away in the Kansas City Metropolitan area. Cheerleaders are required to attend district, sectional and state games as well as school pep rallies and other performances.
The Notre Dame de Sion School Dance Team is an enthusiastic group of talented dancers who work together to further Sion spirit by performing at designated games and special events. In addition, the squad competes as a team in local, state, regional and national competitions.
Team accomplishments include the following: Missouri 3A State Champions 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2007, 2005; UDA National Dance Team Championship – Finalist 10 years, Top Ten National Ranking 9 years.
2017 – 4th High Kick
2016 – 5th High Kick
2015 – 5th High Kick, Semi-finalist Pom
2014 – 6th High Kick, 9th Pom
2013 – 4th High Kick, 6th Pom
2012 – 6th High Kick, Midwest Regional Pom Champion
2011 – 12th High Kick
2010 – 8th High Kick
2004 – 6th High Kick
2002 – 5th High Kick
Dance team demands physical skills such as strength, coordination, flexibility and endurance as well as teamwork. Dance training is highly recommended; however, specific dance team technique is not required and is a part of the coaching process. As a year-round activity, it also requires the continued self-discipline and challenge of maintaining high levels of enthusiasm and commitment as well as academic eligibility. Any student enrolled at Sion High School with at least a 2.5 grade point average and who has the desire to participate actively, attend all practices and performances, and work hard as both an individual and a member of a team may audition.
Overview of Yearly Events
Team Workshops & Auditions
Weekly Practices in June/July, Team Building Events, Fundraising & Team Camp
3 Weekly Practices, Volleyball Games, RHS Performances, Kids Camp
3 Weekly Practices, Basketball Games, Local Competition, The Chicagoland Dance Championship, The Missouri State Dance Team Championship & The National Dance Team Championships in Orlando, Florida
Members provide a uniform rental and maintenance fee, summer camp fees, and clothing, personal uniform components (shoes, tights, leotards, etc.) and as appropriate, transportation fees and/or partial lodging fees for competition. Group fund raising events are held to help defray expenses for competition.
Ready to put on your dancing shoes? Sion Storm Dance Team tryouts for 2017-18 will be held in April. A meeting for interested daughters and parents will be held on Tuesday, March 28th at 6 p.m. in the Sion High School Library. Information about Dance Team—activities, practices, performances, and competitions--plus the upcoming clinics and auditions (April 4-7) will be provided and questions answered. For additional information, please see the informational flyer below. Hope to see you there!
Competition News 2016-2017
Kansas City Classic ~ Liberty, Missouri – The first competition and State qualifier was the Kansas City Classic in Liberty in December. The Sion Dance Team placed 1st in kick, 1st in pom, and earned the overall high score for the division plus a judges’ award for kick technique.
Chicagoland Regional Dance Championship ~ Chicago, Illinois – In early January, the team traveled to Chicago to compete in the Chicagoland UDA Regional Competition. This year’s competition was especially competitive since all the teams in the High Kick and Large Pom divisions were Finalists in previous UDA National Competitions. The team placed 2nd in kick and 4th in pom.
National Dance Team Championship ~ Orlando, Florida – On the first weekend in February, the team traveled to Orlando to join 235 high school teams competing in the UDA National Dance Team Championship. The Pom, Jazz, and Hip Hop categories are divided into Small, Medium and Large divisions by squad size rather than school size. Small in population but mighty in spirit Sion competed in the Large Pom semi-finals and missed making Finals by one place. High Kick, the only category with no allowances for squad or school size, had a record number of 34 teams from 18 states competing through preliminary, semi-final, and final rounds. All of the hard work and extra training paid off as the Storm danced beautifully to place 4th in the nation right behind last year’s national champions, ranking in the Top Ten in High Kick for the 8th consecutive year.
Missouri State Dance Team Championship ~ St. Louis, Missouri -- The competition season came to a close on February 25th at the Missouri State Championship in St Louis. The team placed 1st in Kick and 1st in Pom, earning the high point score to become overall 3A State Champions for the eighth year in a row. Vive Sion!