High School Team Championships

Entering it’s 48th year, Iowa hosts the largest state high school dance competition in the nation with 250+ high school teams and a total of more than 5,000 dancers performing more than 600 routines throughout the three-day competition.

The state competition, held in Des Moines, includes performances in both Wells Fargo Arena and the Hy-Vee Hall. Panels of dance industry professionals and leaders from across the nation judge our teams competing in a variety of 15 categories; the most popular being Pom. Champions of our state team competition are featured in our 90-minute televised championship show aired on Iowa PBS each year.

High School Solo Championships

48 years of competition highlighting the state’s individual dancers and color guard soloists. Over 900 athletes will compete in 14 categories of color guard or dance at the October State Solo Qualifying Event; the top ten in each category will advance to the State Solo Finals in Des Moines. Our solo competitors are judged by a panel of professional judges brought in from around the nation who provide industry leading judging and relevant and highly credible critiques to further advance the level of talent in Iowa. The ISDTA Solo Competition is highly competitive and we are encouraged by the level of talent we continue to see each year.

Beyond Limits

During Championship week, we invite our dancers with super-abilities to showcase their talents as part of our Beyond Limits program. These dancers are awarded and celebrated alongside their teammates.

College Team Championships

This year marks the 17th year for college competition hosting 25 Iowa colleges competing in three categories of Pom, Hip Hop and Jazz. Not only is this is a competitive venue for our colleges, it is also an excellent showcase for our college dance teams to the thousands of high school dancers in attendance.

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