Eisenhower becomes first high school to be selected as U.S. National Team in Hip Hop and Jazz at international competition
Eisenhower becomes first high school to be selected as U.S. National Team in Hip Hop and Jazz at international competition
Posted on 03/07/2018
Group of nearly 20 girls in white and red uniformsThree dance teams in uniforms at gymEisenhower High School dance team will represent the United States at an international championship next month  – an honor previously awarded only to college teams.

The 18-member team was selected by USA Cheer to compete at the International Cheer Union (ICU) World Championships April 25-27 in Orlando, Florida. 

The honor is based on the strength of performance of the team’s performance at the national high school cheerleading and dance championships in February, where Eisenhower teams claimed first place in three separate age groups.

“We are proud that Utica Community Schools students are leading the way by becoming the first high school group to represent our country at the international competition,” Superintendent Dr. Christine Johns said. “This prestigious invitation represents the dedication and hard work of the team to represent Eisenhower High School and our district through their continued success.”

Eisenhower will compete in the international competition in the Team Cheer Hip Hop and Team Cheer Jazz Divisions. 

International organizers cite the team’s success, noting it has placed in the top three in Jazz over the past ten years, the top three in Hip Hop over the past four years, and the recipient of six national championships. 

The ICU is the international governing body for cheer and is comprised of 110 member nations. Their World Championship hosts athletes from around the globe, with last year hosting more than 70 nations at the international competition. 

“I am honored, humbled and so excited to be the first high school program to represent USA Cheer in both Hip Hop and Jazz,” said Varsity Head Coach Rachelle Kiehle. “The coaches and team have worked so hard all year long, and I am excited for our amazing journey to continue.” 

The future for the Eisenhower dance team continues to be bright, as the school achieved first place finishes at all grade levels at the National High School Cheerleading Championship and National Dance Championship held Feb. 2-4 in Orlando, Florida. 

The Varsity team earned double titles in Medium Jazz and Hip Hop, the Junior Varsity won first in Pom and second in Jazz, and the Eaglets won first place in Jazz and second place in Pom. 

Coaches include Kiehle, Assistant Varsity Coach Jamie Crudo, JV Head Coach Kristie Schmid, and Eaglets Coaches Ashley Burnet and Jordyn Schmid.