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The Pitt Cheerleaders and Dance Team have been coached for the past 33 years by Theresa Nuzzo. She is one of the founders of Elite Cheerleading Inc., the Original Private Cheer Camp Company in the United States. Elite instructs thousands of cheerleaders annually in a forty state area. It also administers the Pennsylvania Cheerleading and Dance ChampionshipsTM, Battle in the `Burgh National ChampionshipsTM and other various cheer and dance events. The Pitt Cheerleaders and Dance Team have established a reputation as two of the elite squads in the nation.
In addition to their performances at various athletic events, the Cheerleaders and Dance Team are active throughout the Pittsburgh community and neighboring states at charitable events, parades, and other special events. The squads also generate vocal support and significant enthusiasm from the Oakland Zoo, the University's notorious student cheering section. Under her direction the University of Pittsburgh Cheer and Dance Teams compete annually at the National Collegiate Cheerleading and Dance Championships in Daytona Beach. Most recently, our Cheer Team finished in the top 10 in the Small Coed Division 1A, while our Dance Team finished in the top 15 in the Open Dance Division 1A.
UPDATE: Once again our Cheerleaders placed in the top ten at the Collegiate Cheerleading and Dance National Championships held annually in Daytona Beach, Florida.
In previous competitions, the University of Pittsburgh Dance Team has placed amongst the top 20 Dance Teams in the country, including a fifth-place finish in 1998 at the National Collegiate Cheerleading and Dance Championships held annually in Daytona Beach, Florida. Most recently, finished in the Top 15 in the Open Dance Division 1A.
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