Lone Tree dance team to compete at state championship Dec. 1

By Molly Roberts
Posted 11/22/21

The Iowa State Dance Team Championship is back and bigger than ever, once again securing its title at the largest high school dance competition in the country.

“We’re thrilled to …

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Lone Tree dance team to compete at state championship Dec. 1

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The Iowa State Dance Team Championship is back and bigger than ever, once again securing its title at the largest high school dance competition in the country.

“We’re thrilled to welcome spectators back to this year’s state championship,” said Andrea Dana, executive director for the Iowa State Dance/Drill Team Association (ISDTA). “Iowa dancers feed off the excitement of their fans. The atmosphere is sure to be electric.”

The ISDTA High School and College State Dance Team and Solo Championship will transpire Dec. 1-3, sticking with the three-day format that premiered last year. The 46th annual competition will see the team and solo championships combined into a three-day marathon.

Taking place at Wells Fargo Arena and Hy-Vee Hall in downtown Des Moines, team competition categories include pom, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, military, kick, hoopla, lights, novelty, prop, color guard, all male, co-ed and show production. Teams and soloists are divided into classes based on school enrollment. They are evaluated and judged by industry professionals from all corners of the United States.

Lone Tree will compete six solos and three team routines on Wednesday, Dec. 1 Soloists Jaden Doehrmann, Maddi Floyd, Bailee Gottschalk, Alyssa Knock, Katelyn Maldonado and Hayden Yoder compete back-to-back in the Class I solo category beginning at 8:19 a.m. in Hy-Vee Hall B. Lone Tree’s team will compete in Class I Jazz at 3:22 p.m., Class I Lyrical at 4:37 p.m. and Class II Pom at 6:52 p.m. All team routines are in Wells Fargo Arena, facing East.

Twenty-two college teams and 247 high school teams make up the nearly 600 routines plus 858 solos that will be performed making up nearly 36 hours of competition. Teams and soloists earn points for choreography, execution, difficulty and showmanship.

“Our competition judges get to see some of the most innovative and creative choreography coming out of the Midwest,” said Dana.

Performers will take the floor at Wells Fargo Arena and Hy-Vee Hall beginning Wednesday morning, Dec. 1 at 7:30 a.m. and continue through Friday evening. Entry fee for spectators is $15/person. Tickets to attend in person and live stream access will be available to pre-purchase mid-November; information will be posted at isdtalive.com. Spectators and competitors are not required to wear a mask.

A complete list of participating schools and a schedule of performances can be viewed at isdtalive.com.

Established in 1976, the Iowa State Dance/Drill Team Association advocates for the sports of dance, drill team and color guard. As a valued leader in the sport of dance, ISDTA cultivates student growth in the art and athleticism of dance.

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