It takes practice, dedication, and a passion for dance to take home a coveted state championship trophy.

Iowa Public Television presents exclusive, statewide coverage of the 2018 Iowa State Dance Team Championships.   This two-hour program showcases highlights of all the winning routines and busy backstage action.

More than 5,000 of Iowa’s best young dancers performed over 600 routines in what is considered 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.