IPTV Presents 2018 Iowa State Dance Team Championships

Posted: January 18, 2018

Johnston, Iowa – Iowa Public Television will present exclusive statewide coverage of the 2018 Iowa State Dance Team Championships on Monday, February 5 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 11 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 270 high schools and 24 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 30 and December 1.

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.

Special features include footage shot by members of the Bishop Garrigan dance team about their journey from Algona to Des Moines. Viewers will also learn about teams helping provide Hurricane Harvey relief for dancers in Houston, Texas, hear from Eagle Grove dancers about how having identical triplets on their team multiplies the fun and enjoy IPTV’s “Dance Moves Flash Mob” featuring West Des Moines Valley and North Polk dancers.

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

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