IPTV Presents 2019 Iowa State Dance Team Championships

Posted: January 17, 2019

Iowa Public Television will present exclusive statewide coverage of the 2019 Iowa State Dance Team Championships on Monday, February 4 at 8 p.m. The two-hour program showcases highlights of all the winning routines and busy backstage action. The competition will be rebroadcast Sunday, February 10 at 1 p.m.

Approximately 5,000 of Iowa’s best young dancers showcased their talents in what is considered to be one of the nation's largest and most prestigious events of its kind. Teams from 251 high schools and 22 colleges competed for state championship top honors. The dance championships were held in Des Moines at Wells Fargo Arena and Hy-Vee Hall last year on November 29-30.

The competition has showcased the talents of Iowa's young dancers for more than four decades. Teams performed more than 600 routines in categories including: pom, jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, kick, lyrical, prop, novelty, color guard, co-ed and all male. Judging criteria is based on appearance, choreography, execution, technique, and showmanship.

In this year’s special features, meet the coaches and dancers from across the state who represent their schools and communities through their love of dance.   

IPTV takes you behind the scenes to meet the Pleasantville dance team and learn about their long history of outstanding community service. Hear from the Tri-Center dancers who share how there’s no “I” in team, but one member with Down syndrome is providing the “I” in inspiration. Also discover how Graceland University uses dance as a way to express their insecurities, proving the power of dance. 

Hosts for this two-hour, fast-paced and spirited finals coverage are Andrea Dana, Executive Director of the Iowa State Dance Team Association, Lois Turnage, Board President of the ISDTA, and Scott Enyart, dance championships event announcer.

Visit Iptv.org to watch the 2019 Iowa State Dance Team Championships again, and while you’re there, check out the exclusive features and behind-the-scenes moments.

Funding for this program is provided by the Friends of Iowa Public Television Foundation, Musco Lighting and Fareway.