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"It was a dream come true, ...
"It was a dream come true, you don't always please everybody," EW Elite Dance Team Coach Teri Rowe said of the multiple championships.
"They're hard to get and once you get one you're pretty proud."
With the senior team's wins they will travel back to Orlando in late April to compete in the world championships where they are defending 2008 Hip-Hop champions.
"Our goal is to go back and win jazz at the world level," Rowe
The team received fourth place for their jazz routine in 2008.
founded the first EW Elite senior dance team in 1997 and in just 12 years built a powerhouse of talent with dancers from across the state.
began in 1997 she
recruited the best dancers and formed an all-star team of 14 girls.
"I wanted to stay home with my kids and dabble in coaching," Rowe
"We practiced out of church gyms, school gyms, anywhere that would let us practice."
In 2003, she established the Elite Cheer & Dance Center in Kennewick and turned what began as a hobby into a business.
"Once my kids got older I added more teams and it kind of evolved naturally," she
Many of the girls involved in Rowe's programs have gone on to cheer at the college level and also received scholarships.
Some of the colleges they've danced at include Hawaii Pacific University
, UNLV Rebel Dance
Team and the Seattle Sonics Dance Team.
said the season for the dancers runs from May through March and on average a dancer will spend about $3,000 for things like clothing and airfare throughout that season.
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Teri Rowe, Director, holds a ...
Teri Rowe, Director, holds a B.A. in PE and Dance, M.S. in Exercise Physiology and has taught/coached for over 25 years.She has taught and judged dance & cheer nationally for the Universal Dance Association, National Dance Association, American Alliance of Health, Physical Recreation/Dance & Dance Educators of America.Teri has choreographed nationally and her routines have won a wide variety of awards.Under her direction, the Eastern Washington Elite Dance and Cheer Teams have earned 13 National Championships, along with multiple state and local titles.Teri is certified by the American Association of Cheerleading Coaches & Advisors, National Federation of High School Sports, Washington State Dance/Drill Coaches Association and the Washington State Spirit Judges Association. She has taught/coached at Baylor, Illinois State University, Eastern Washington University, Walla Walla Community College (2002 National Dance Champions), Pasco High School and Carmichael Middle School.Teri has published several articles on dance in a variety of magazines, education manuals and has developed several training manuals for dance teachers and judges.Teri can be reached at email@example.com.
The Elite Dance teams are directed ...
The Elite Dance teams are directed by Coach Teri Rowe (B.A. PE/Dance, M.S. Exercise Physiology).Teri has over 25 years of coaching experience at the middle school, high school and college levels.She is the past president of the Washington State Dance Coaches Association and WA. State Spirit Judges Association.Teri has coached various teams to 13 National titles.