Members of the LSU Tiger Girls danced their way to their fourth national title, the school announced Friday. They won the Hip Hop Division at the UCA/UDA National College Championships.
For the Michael Jackson-inspired routine, the Tiger Girls donned fedora hats. Carsen Rowe and Tiger Girls alum Samantha McFadden, choreographed the routine, which won first place in the D1A Hip Hop Division with a 97.2 score.
Attendees at the LSU men’s basketball game against Texas A&M on Saturday will have a chance to see the group perform their award-winning dance at halftime. They’ll also break out the routine for the pregame of the LSU women’s game on Sunday.
“LSU’s routine has since gone viral on social media and has inspired dancers across the globe to remember the classic fundamentals of hip hop,” said the school’s press release. “LSU’s national championship dance featured a ‘locking section’ choreographed by Nathan Cherry and Geovanna Bortoleto.”
LSU coaches said they wanted to bring original hip hop styles into the routine to stand out against the other competitors.
“One of our goals this year was to re-claim our title and to be undeniably us,” head coach Kandace Hale said. “As much as our team is rich in tradition, we always try to push the envelope during competition season. My team is never afraid to try something new and be pushed in different styles. As a coach it’s important for me to give opportunities for my athletes to grow in their craft and it’s not always just about a routine. Our choreographers stand by this too and we work well together.”
In addition to the hip hop win, the Tiger Girls placed third nationally in the jazz division.
“We brought something different to the competition with a new choreographer and Louisiana native Kristin Daniel,” Hale said. “The team earned a bronze medal, a first in school history, and couldn’t be more excited to represent LSU.”
The Tiger Girls are also assisted by Londyn Daniel. The team consists of 23 athletes representing 10 states. Another LSU team, the LSU cheerleaders, also recently had its first top five finish in a decade in the traditional competition category at the UCA College National Championships in Orlando.
“We set a goal to improve our placement in the traditional competition category and get a top five placement,” head coach Maddie Parten said. “We wrote it down in November and then in January we achieved that goal. We knew it would take great improvement from where we had been, but we knew it was what we wanted to do to set LSU Cheerleading back on course to win a national championship in the years ahead. We are excited to see what the future holds.”