About United Spirit Association

History

The United Spirit Association represents a rich 66 summers tradition of training camps and spectacular special events, offering top notch instruction and a creative environment where students develop skills, team unity and friendships, while enjoying a positive learning experience. The USA was established as an outgrowth of Robert Olmstead’s original California Specialty Camps. Mr. Olmstead conducted his first summer training camp in 1950 and since that time, over 435,000 students have joined us in creating memories that last a lifetime. To this day, the USA creates experiences based on inclusion, diversity, teamwork, leadership and unity.

The USA programs continually progress and constantly incorporate new ideas in leadership training, cutting edge choreography and creative skills.  Many former instructors have gone on to earn advanced degrees, assume major leadership roles in business and teaching careers and are industry experts in the spirit, band and dance activities.  Celebrities, such as Teri Hatcher, Paula Abdul, and Sabrina Bryan of the Cheetah Girls, began as USA instructors and many others have gone on to successful careers in Hollywood and on Broadway.  Our instructors and program development team members are choreographers for movies, television shows, commercials, and professional dance teams, as well as dancing on tour with artists such as Britney Spears and Katy Perry.  Our instructors created, developed and today still shape the visual, fast- paced, and crowd-pleasing choreography, known as the “West Coast Style.”

USA’s crowd and entertainment focus, with an emphasis on the game day experience, led to the first American football half-time shows in Japan, England, Germany, Spain, Australia and Mexico, exposing many youth from these countries to American style cheerleading. USA has developed pro dance choreography for 9 different NFL and NBA teams and the NFL Pro Bowl cheerleaders, as well as the Olympics, World Cup and the NFL Super Bowl.

Philosophy

USA provides a complete and coordinated program with camps and innovative material for cheerleaders, song/pom, mascots, pep/short flags, drum majors and dance teams. USA camp brings individuals together as teams working toward common goals. Team building and unity are critical for a successful season. The USA doesn’t just talk about UNITY, we give you the material and training to make it happen!


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