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Dance Program

MND Cougars Dance Teams proudly represent Mount Notre Dame!

The Dance Program is comprised of four teams: Varsity grades 9-12) and Junior Varisty (grades 9-12), Juniors (grades 7-8) and Youth (grades 4-6). MND's Dance Program boasts a group of highly motivated and talented dancers of both present and future Mount Notre Dame students from throughout the tri-state area.

All teams compete locally and regionally. The Varsity Team qualifies for and competes in the Universal Dance Association's National Dance Team Championship (NDTC) held each February in Orlando, Florida. The NDTC is the only national-level dance team championship that is endorsed by the National Federation of State High School Associations, the national service and administrative organization for high school athletics and fine arts programs in speech, debate, theater, and music. Each year, there are an estimated 10,000 spectators in attendance. The competition will be broadcast on ESPN2 and will reach more than 90 million homes this year. It is an honor to compete at this level each year!

The Cougar Dance Program is blessed to have a coaching staff of highly trained, award-winning choreographers and coaches. It is their skill and expertise that drives MND's dancers to excel!

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Teams

The MND Varsity Dance Team is a highly competitive dance team comprised of 9th -12th graders attending Mount Notre Dame. These talented young dancers work year-round to develop their dance skills and prepare for a season of tough competition. In addition to competing, the Varsity Team also enjoys participating in service activities to help their community and the opportunity to perform at various events, including: church festivals, college basketball games (UC and Xavier) and MND half-time performances.

The Varsity Dance Team is nationally-recognized for their pom and jazz routines, qualifying and competing each year at the UDA National Dance Team Championships in Orlando, Florida. MND’s Dance Team has been awarded many top ten finishes at the National Dance Team Championships and even boasts a 3rd place medal finish in the high kick division from 2005.

Tryouts for the 2017-2018 Varsity Dance Team will take place in April 2017. If you have any questions, please contact Molly McGaffin at mmcgaffin@mndhs.org.

The JV Team is in its second year as a competitive dance team. This team is open to girls in the 9th-12th grades at MND. The JV Team was created to give dancers the opportunity to work on their skills before participation on the Varsity Dance Team. The JV Team also gives upper-class women the change to be involved in the dance program, but with a less intense commitment.

The JV Team attends several local and regional competitions as well as performs at community events. We look forward to a great first season with the JV Dance Team and it’s future successes.

Tryouts for the 2017-2018 JV Dance Team will take place in April 2017. If you have any questions, please contact Molly McGaffin at mmcgaffin@mndhs.org.

The Mount Notre Dame Junior High Dance Team is comprised of girls in the 6th, 7th & 8th grades from area schools. The Junior High Team was created in 2002 to help train and prepare future Cougar Dancers. This team practices from June-February to learn new skills and routines. They attend competitions and also perform at local events including: parish and community festivals, University of Cincinnati basketball games, and grade school basketball tournaments.

The Junior High Team has been very successful in its 12 years including several state titles and top three finishes at JamFest Dance Super Nationals. The 2013-2014 season was a very successful one. The team walked away with National Champion titles in pom, jazz and lyrical. They went on to win the Grand Champion title which recognized the team as the best Junior High Team in all styles. These girls have the passion for dance and love performing for the crowd! They also came away with three top three finishes in 2014-2015, including repeat National Champions in lyrical.

Tryouts for the 2017-2018 Junior Dance Team will take place in May 2017. If you have any questions, please contact Molly McGaffin at mmcgaffin@mndhs.org.


The Mount Notre Dame Youth Dance Team was created in 2009 to give girls in the elementary schools the opportunity to receive instruction, compete and be a part of MND’s well-established dance program. Dancers on this team are in the 3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th grades from area schools.

The Youth Team begins their season in September and practice one day a week. Throughout the season, they learn new dance technique and a pom routine. The girls enjoy performing their routines at many community events and MND Basketball games. They begin competing in January and attend 4-5 local events.

There is NO tryout for the Youth Dance Team. We welcome all skill levels to come dance with us. All you have to do is sign up!


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MND Dance Team Coaching Staff

Molly McGaffin '06
Program Director / Varsity Head Coach
Erika Guynan '09
JV Head Coach
Katie Storer '11
Junior High Head Coach

Alix Malinoff '10
Youth Head Coach

Emily Condeni Stovall '05
Varsity Assistant Coach
Megan Schmitz
JV Assistant Coach
Sarah Bitter '10
Junior High Assistant Coach


Tori Messerschmitt
JV Assistant Coach

Katie Haas '11

Junior High Assistant Coach

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