(Feb. 22, 2013) Approximately 5,800 athletes will converge at the Ocean City convention center this weekend to take the stage during Reach the Beach Recreation, School and Dance Nationals.
The competition will begin tonight, Friday, at 5 p.m. and continue through Sunday at the 40th Street venue.
About 235 school and recreational cheer teams, and approximately 100 dance squads primarily from Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, New York, New Jersey and Washington, D.C., are scheduled to take part. They will compete for an estimated $15,000 in cash prizes, trophies, banners and national championship jackets, among other items. One coach will also win a seven-day Caribbean cruise for two during this year’s event.
Reach the Beach will be filled with high-energy cheering, dancing, tumbling, twirling and tossing as boys and girls, ages 4 through high-school seniors, perform in front of thousands of spectators. Parent teams will also take the stage. They include athletes ages 18 and older.
“This weekend’s Reach the Beach Nationals is bigger than ever and jam packed with more cheer, school and dance teams,” said Season Daugherty, sales representative for Epic Brands, the parent company of Reach the Beach Nationals. “We are very excited for our two performance areas filled with top-of-the-charts production, surf board trophies, US Finals bids and of course Surfy the Spirit Shark, with teams ranging from Levels 1 to 4 and dances from jazz to lyrical. We will have three days of Epic performances by amazing athletes.”
Solo and partner stunts are scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. tonight (Friday). The recreation and school cheerleading, both group and individual competitions will kick off at 7 a.m. on Saturday and conclude late in the evening. Individual and team dance routines will be featured on Sunday, beginning at 9 a.m.
Admission on Friday costs $7 for adults and $4 for children ages 6-12 and seniors (65 and older). On Saturday and Sunday, admission costs $20 for adults and $14 for children and seniors. Children 5 and younger will be admitted free. Multi-day passes are also available.
Participating solo performers and teams will have the opportunity to qualify for the U.S. Finals championships, which will take place in Indianapolis (April 13-14), Kansas City, Mo. and Pensacola, Fla. (April 13), Anaheim, Ca. (April 14), Providence, R.I. (May 4) and Virginia Beach (May 4-5).
The U.S Finals was established to recognize squads of all ability levels that have excelled in cheerleading and dance. For additional information about Reach the Beach, call 877-322-2310 or visit www.theepicbrands.com.