PROVO — BYU’s Cougarettes are once again the best in the nation at hip-hop.
The Cougarettes — BYU's precision dance team — claimed the Division I title in hip-hop this year at the National Collegiate Cheer and Dance Championship in Daytona Beach, Fla. They entered the competition as the defending hip-hop champions and won with a score of 9.98 out of 10.
One judge gave them nothing but perfect 10s.
"In my 30-plus years as a director and judge, I've yet to see a perfect score sheet at these competitions — until that night," said artistic director Jodi Maxfield.
The dancers also came in second in the team dance competition, losing to Penn State by one one-hundredth of a point.
Ranked one of the top 25 dance teams in the nation, the Cougarettes have won 10 national titles in the past 15 years. Founded in 1946, the group has evolved into an elite-level dance team that performs at BYU football and basketball games as well as in their own concerts. They are proficient in a variety of styles including jazz, contemporary, lyrical and hip-hop.
The championships will be broadcast on the CBS Sports Network on April 29 and May 6 at 10 a.m. MDT.