The Simpson College Dance Team competed and achieved success at the Daytona Beach Classic in Florida. They competed nationally receiving a third-place finish in Division III pom and a fourth-place finish overall in Division III hip-hop.
“It was the team’s first time competing at the national level in person,” said head coach Lindsay Kline. “We entered the competition with the attitude of doing what we know how to do, leaving it all on the floor and having fun with it – and that’s exactly what the team did.”
Obtaining a national bid is not an easy process. Earlier in the year, the team brought in a representative from the National Dance Association and taught them a routine they would perform in to see if they could have a chance to perform at nationals. They were later told that they had received an offer to dance on the national stage.
The team has worked hard to prepare for its competitions. Throughout the year, they practiced their pom and hip-hop routines at least once or twice each practice.
“It becomes a mental challenge because you feel like there’s always something you can improve on. But it was worth it in the end,” said freshman Clare Veren.
Simpson began the competition in Daytona Beach on Thursday, April 7, where they were able to advance to the finals held on Friday.
The Storm faced Wisconsin-Oshkosh along with American Rivers Conference rival Central College in the Finals and placed third in poms with an 83.9 score.
The team also scored 83.5 in hip-hop, just missing out on the finals mark. They placed fourth overall in the category.
Dance teams are judged on their technical abilities, which are jumps, leaps, and turns. Then execution is how they do those skills. Choreography and overall performance also factor into team scores.
The team was thrilled when they announced the dance rankings.
“It was an indescribable feeling to hear our names being called and to be able to walk on stage in front of so many teams to receive our big trophy,” Veren said.
The team is graduating two seniors: Sydney Alt and Tyler Jacobs. Although they will be missed, the team is excited for next year and the opportunities ahead.