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Bearden Dance
Instructor: Hannah Keathley   
Bearden High School dance team exists to support spirit and camaraderie in the school and athletics while acquiring dance skills through performance.   Go Dawgs!
This summer the team will return to UDA camp at the University of Tennessee Knoxville- Home of the Volunteers. Last year, they received a superior, first place award on their home routine as well as receiving the leadership award. They will perform at each home football and basketball game.

Our dance family strives and works hard daily to achieve 'A tradition of Excellence' as is the Bearden motto. The team performed in 2011 State TSSAA Dance Championships where they joyfully received first place in jazz and second place in large varsity pom. In 2010, at the State TSSAA Dance Championships they were appreciative to be awarded state runner-up in large varsity jazz.  Our dance family is honored to represent many fine dancers in East Tennessee. 

The team succeeded in their major goal to perform in 2012 at the Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Florida at the UDA National Dance Team Finals Championship.  In 2011, it was exciting to make the finals in jazz.  Our final place was 12th in the nation for their large varsity jazz piece.  This year, the team earned 4th place in Pom and 7th in Jazz- achieving their team goals. Congratulations to all team members and our many supporters. 

Parents, fellow dancers, alumni, Bearden staff, Knox County, businesses, fellow schools and especially the University of Tennesssee have provided us with encouragement, instruction to improve, and support.  Our team averages 15 years of age; therefore, having the University of Tennessee's model program nearby to serve as role models as we grow has set the bar high for our program athletically, professionally, and academically. We hope to represent each supporter to the best of our ability.  Currently, two dancers are on scholarship at University of Memphis and another at the University of Cincinnati.

The faculty sponsors for the team are Christianne Lechner, Angelia Ford, and Tammy Smith McKibben. 

The Principal is Dr. John Bartlett.

Practices are held in the Bearden High School dance studio. We appreciate the Bearden Foundation and Dance parents for fund-raising the money to build our studio and maintaining the studio floor on parent workdays.

TRYOUTS are traditionally held on the Thursday one or two weeks after Knox County Schools spring break.  A week long clinic will be held proceeding tryouts.  A mandatory pre-tryout parent meeting is held in early March. Any student who will be enrolled at Bearden will be eligible to tryout. 

Dance is a TSSAA state sanctioned championship sport.

The current coaches are Hannah Keathley and Sarah Schillinglaw.  We currently have 21 dancers from Bearden High School, Cedar Bluff Middle, West Valley Middle, and Farragut Middle.  Congratulations to the girls and each coach from our feeder schools and their sponsors who work hard to ensure that our dancers and their dance programs are supported, without such programs dance and the fine arts could not blossom. 

The dance team runs entirely off parent and community support. The Parent group is called Dance Organization Team Sponsors (DOTS) All monies to support dance at Bearden High School can be forwarded to the Bookkeeper at Bearden High School.

We appreciate the PTSO and administrative support for fine arts in the form of dance in school.
Videos and Podcasts
Team Announcements
Dance Camp
Bearden High Dance Team will conduct a dance camp onJune 28th and June 29th at Bearden High School in the afternoon.
Bearden High School Large Varsity Jazz "B" ...
Bearden High School Large Varsity Pom "A" ...
Bearden High School Large Varsity Pom Finals 2012
Bearden High School Large Varsity Jazz Finals 2012
Congratulations to Jennifer Evans and The BHS dance team for their nationals performances!
The BHS dance competed in Orlando Florida for the UDA national dance competition February 5, 6, and 7th and placed 4th in Pom and 7th in Jazz!  Way to go girls and thank you for the help of their Coach Jennifer Evans. You may view the videos at http://dance.beardenhs.knoxschools.org/modules/groups/integrated_home.phtml?gid=512572&sessionid=5acbb930e5e88ed0a2b2c1a5b351af97
Thank you to WBIR and Emily Stroud!
You may see the WBIR newsclip  about the dance team at 

A little motivation goes a long way!
Congratulations on first place at State in Large Varsity Jazz and second place in Large Varsity Pom.  Your sponsors are very proud of you-

Angelia Ford
Christi Lechner
Tammy Smith

Amanda Varnes :)
State Competition
Get excited dancers- State and National Competition paperwork is being sent in as I type this message. Mrs. Ford, Shelly White, Dr. Bartlett, and Athletic Director Witt have just signed the paperwork for UDA and The State of Tennesssee.   
Team Results
2/5/2012 National UDA competition 4th place in pom and 7th place in Jazz! Coach Jennifer Evans; sponsors Angelia Ford, Christianne Lechner, and Tammy Smith.
11/12/2011 The team performed in 2011 State TSSAA Dance Championships where they received first place in large varsity jazz and second place in large varsity pom.
7/21/2011 University of Tennessee Knoxville UDA Camp First place in Leadership; First place in home routine; and Superior Trophy.
2/6/2011 National UDA Championship 12th in the Nation in JAZZ large division varsity
11/6/2010 State TSSAA Dance Championship runnerup in large varsity Jazz and large varsity pom
8/3/2010 Bearden High Dance Girls attended the University of Tennessee UDA dance camp.  They won 2nd place in Large Varsity home routnine. In addition, they earned a superior trophy that qualifies them for national competiton for UDA. We are proud of the numerous ribbons that each member received in individual routines.They received the Full Out award for the team routine learned at camp. 
2/9/2010 National UDA competition 17th in the nation; Final in pom and semiffinals in jazz!  Great improvement!
7/2/2009 Congrats to the Bearden Dance Team for winning first place in home routine at the University of Tennessee UDA dance camp with a superior trophy and leadership award. Great Job!
2/28/2009 Bearden Dance Team performed at the National Universal Dance Team Championships in January 2009. They reached semi-finals in Jazz and Pom
Photo Gallery
Team Sponsors
+ Ford, Angelia
+ Lechner, Christianne
+ Smith, Tammy
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Team Schedule
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