18 Girls line up on stage in white hats and suits for “updated” Smooth Criminal routine

Are you ready to slide into the electrifying world of the LSU Tiger Girls?

Hold onto your fedoras, because their latest performance at the UDA National Dance Competition in Orlando is a showstopper!

Dressed in white satin suits and sparkly ties, these dancers channeled their inner Michael Jackson for a “Smooth Criminal” routine that could only be described as flawless.

It’s like they moonwalked straight out of a music video, right?

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So, why Michael Jackson, you ask?

Well, when the idea popped up, head coach Kandace Hale didn’t skip a beat.

“It’s a classic,” she said, and clearly, something about MJ just clicks with the team—they groove to his hits to amp up before competitions.

Talk about a thriller move, right?

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This performance wasn’t just a walk in the park.

Switching from high heels last year to Nike sneakers this time, the Tiger Girls introduced some serious locking moves.

Ever seen a dance freeze and pop back like magic?

That’s locking for you—dynamic, unexpected, and oh-so-cool.

It’s a style that demands precision and attitude, and boy, did they deliver!

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Bringing on extra choreographers Nathan Cherry and Geovanna Bortoleto was a game-changer.

This collab pushed the team into uncharted hip-hop territory.

Imagine learning a dance language you’ve never spoken before. Exciting, huh?

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And it wasn’t all about hip-hop.

For the first time, the Tiger Girls also dazzled in the jazz category.

They stunned in purple velvet dancing to Aaliyah’s “Are You That Somebody?”

Their versatility? Simply unmatched.

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The crowd couldn’t get enough, and neither could the judges.

Not only did the team defend their hip-hop title, but they also snagged a shiny third place in jazz.

Can you believe the energy?

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Viewer reactions were off the charts.

One exclaimed, “Wow. I can’t even fathom how hard they have to work to get their movements to that level of synchronicity. Just amazing.”

Another noted the sheer dedication: “The pursuit of excellence: working thousands of hours for a 2-minute delivery. Amazing!”

And the accolades continued: “This is alarmingly entertaining!” “This may be the most creative choreography ever performed.”

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Coach Hale’s mantra for the year was “being ‘undeniably us.’”

In a world where everyone’s trying to mimic everyone else, the Tiger Girls stuck to their roots and it paid off.

Isn’t there something super refreshing about being true to yourself?

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So, next time you hear “Smooth Criminal,” will you picture the Tiger Girls’ killer moves and think, “Wow, I wish I could dance like that”?

Because let’s face it, we all have a little bit of a dance superstar waiting to break out, don’t we?

See the Tiger Girls slay the Nationals with their stellar “Smooth Criminal” routine below!

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