Pitt Cheer, Dance Teams Rank Among Best at Championship Competition

a female and male cheerleader in Pitt gear

The University of Pittsburgh cheer and dance teams ranked among the nation’s best — including a first-place finish — at the National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) and National Dance Alliance (NDA) Collegiate National Championships, held April 4-6 in Daytona Beach, Florida. More than 320 college teams from across the country competed.

A perennial top-10 finisher, Pitt’s cheer team broke through this year to win its first national title since 1994, topping the Intermediate Division I Small Coed.

Additionally, the Panthers’ dance team placed an impressive sixth in the Division I-A Team Performance competition. 

The cheer and dance teams have been coached the past 36 years by Theresa Nuzzo, herself a former Pitt cheerleader. Full results, video and news from the 2019 NCA and NDA Collegiate National Championships can be found at nca.varsity.com.