Cindy Freeman is the founder and Head Coach of the Avila University Dance Team. Freeman founded the dance team in 2000.
Since Freeman founded the Glitter Girls Dance Team in 2000, her teams have placed in the top 3 of a category at the UCA/UDA College Nationals Dance Championship 5 times, and the Avila Dance team has finished in the top 10 each year they have competed at the collegiate national championships.
In 2001-2002, the Glitter Girls second year of existence, they returned with a 2nd place finish from College Nationals. The team was featured on ESPN as a result of the 2nd place finish.
In 2002-2003 and 2007-2008, the team won the Heart of America Conference Spirit Squad Championship. Coach Freeman was also recognized as the Heart of America Conference Spirit Squad Coach of the Year in each of those seasons.
During the 2004-2005 season the dance team placed 3rd in the jazz division and came home with a National Championship in the Hip-Hop Division at the Collegiate National Championships.
The Glitter Girls brought home bronze medals with 3rd place finishes in the open hip-hop divisions at the 2008-2009 & 2009-2010 UDA Collegiate Championships.
Coach Freeman's work at Avila University has not gone unnoticed as she was selected to serve as a judge for the 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2011 UDA High School National Championships. In 2007 she was also invited to serve on the judging panel for UPA at their national competition in Minneapolis, MN.
The Avila University Dance Team was featured in an article in Dance Teacher Magazine in June 2004. The article was a profile on how to start a new and successful collegiate dance program.
Freeman is married to Steve Freeman and they have two children, Mandy and Brad, both graduates of Avila University.