IPTV Presents 2017 Iowa State Dance Team Championships

Posted: January 25, 2017

Iowa Public Television will present exclusive statewide coverage of the 2017 Iowa State Dance Team Championships on Monday, February 6 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 12 at 1 p.m.

More than 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 26 colleges competed for state championship top honors. The dance championships were held in Des Moines at Wells Fargo Arena and Hy-Vee Hall last December.

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

Special features include behind-the-scenes interviews with Miss Iowa 2016 Kelly Koch, University of Iowa Dance Team Head Coach Jennifer Eustice, and Sergeant-Bluff Luten High School Dance Team Coach Erin Oliver, who is also a dancer on the Morningside College team.

Hosts for this two-hour, fast-paced, and spirited finals coverage are Executive Director of the Iowa State Dance Team Association (ISDTA) Kathy Enyart, Board President of the ISDTA 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.