You may have heard of Daytona's iconic cheer competition from the Netflix series "Cheer," but did you know that the national championships take place just steps away from Hilton Daytona Oceanfront Beach Resort? For more than 20 years, our beachfront hotel has hosted many of the cheer and dance teams each April.
With high-intensity competition and routines that will leave you in awe, the National Cheer Association (NCA) and National Dance Association (NDA) Collegiate Championships in Daytona Beach are a must-see when in town. Here's everything you need to know before attending the cheer event of the season.
Now in its 40th year, the NCA & NDA Collegiate Championships take place at the iconic Daytona Beach Bandshell. This outdoor venue is located right on the beach and just minutes away from Hilton Daytona. The top cheer and dance teams from across the country come to Daytona Beach in hopes of taking home a national title. Following tradition, winners will run into the ocean after the competition, trophy in hand, to celebrate their victory.
The cheer week events are open to the general public, and tickets can be purchased on-site or online. Please visit the official website for more information on tickets. If you can't attend the event in person, the championships can also be streamed on Varsity TV.
Location: Ocean Center & Daytona Beach Bandshell
Dates: April 7-11, 2021
The fun doesn't stop when the competition ends. After the finals, cheer teams gather on the lawn behind our resort for an informal event known as Stunt Fest. Cheerleaders show off their skills and athletic abilities with impressive stunt battles. Get ready to see elite level tumbling, jumps, basket tosses and more!
This year, Hilton Daytona will also be setting up a photo booth for teams to capture memories. They'll have the option to enter a social media contest and win a two-night stay for a later date at the resort. More information to be announced—stay tuned!
Note: Stunt Fest 2021 will be canceled in order to comply with social distancing.