The Simpson College Dance Team is a competitive, and fun, team made up of hardworking and passionate individuals who share their love of the sport. The team performs at all home football and basketball games and competes at several competitions including the ISDTA Championships at Wells Fargo Arena, the American Rivers Conference Dance and Cheer Invitational and the NDA Collegiate Nationals in Daytona Beach, FL. Throughout the school year, the team is involved in multiple activities such as Kids Dance Clinics, “Yell Like Hell” Pep Rally, an Annual Spring Show and a variety of community activities and fundraisers. At Simpson, the dance team is an extension of the athletic department – it’s exciting for team members to be involved in something they love at the collegiate level.
Lindsay Taylor hired as dance coach
INDIANOLA, Iowa -- Simpson alum Lindsay Taylor has been hired as the next head coach of the Storm dance team, Director of Athletics Bob Nutgrass announced.
"We are very happy to have Lindsay join our athletic family once again, this time as our head dance coach," Nutgrass said. "We are excited that Lindsay will bring years of experience in technical work and choreography to our dance team. She will be wonderful to help grow our dance team and continue the high level of performance and competition. I would like to thank Paige Ahrens for her years of hard work to bring our dance team to a new level."
The 2016 alum is currently the head dance coach at Indianola High School and has served in that role since 2017. Along with coaching at Indianola, Taylor taught dance for several years at a studio near her hometown in Omaha, Neb.
"As a former member of the Simpson dance team, I am extremely excited for the opportunity to be back as an alumna leading a team that gave so much to me when I was a student," Taylor said. "SCDT has a strong history of state and conference titles, and I am eager to jump in and see what we can accomplish this year. It feels great to be coming home and I cannot wait to get started."
Taylor graduated from Simpson with a degree in marketing and a minor in human resources. She was a four-year member of the dance team and served as captain during her senior season as well as choreographed many performance routines. Taylor also earned a letter in track and field during her time at Simpson.
Storm receive top-five finishes in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS -- The Simpson dance team competed in the Dance Team Union College Classic in Las Vegas over the weekend and earned fourth place in the pom division and fifth in hip-hop, both the highest placements in school history.
“The team has had these routines all year and had previously competed with them at state and conference,” said head coach Paige Ahrens. “However, they really took the challenge of raising our difficulty level for nationals and bringing the routines to an entirely new level.”
The Storm competed against schools from the NCAA Division II and III, Junior College and NAIA at the two-day event. After the first day of competition on Friday, April 12, Simpson was fourth in pom and sixth in hip-hop.
“I think the biggest thing we took away from this competition is that we can be competitive outside of our normal conference and division,” Ahrens stated.
The Storm showed success earlier in the year after receiving first in the hip-hop and jazz divisions at the American Rivers Conference Cheer and Dance Invitational on Feb. 10.
Storm collect two titles at A-R-C Dance & Cheer Invite!
The Simpson cheer and dance teams performed at the American Rivers Conference Competitive Dance and Cheer Invitational on Sunday, with the dance team earning first in the Jazz and Hip-Hop divisions.
The dance team garnered first in Hip-Hop by tallying 92 points, just clipping second-place Central, which scored 91. In the jazz competition, the Storm secured a four-point victory over Central, 94-90. In the Pom event, Simpson finished in second with a score of 91.66, just four points behind first-place Central.
In the cheer competition, the Storm earned a Performance of Merit plaque due to having the lone entry in the Coed Stunt Division. The team scored 21.50 points. The cheer squad received third in the 5-Person Stunt.
View the A-R-C release and results here.
Iowa Conference Champions!
The Storm dance team earned first place honors in the Hip-hop and Jazz categories at the Iowa Conference's inaugural Competitive Cheer and Dance Invitational held Feb. 11, 2018 in Storm Lake. Simpson added a second-place effort in the Pom category.
Check back for details on dance team events!
2019-20 Competitions, Appearances and Performances
|Sept. 14||Home football vs. Chicago||1 p.m.|
|Sept. 28||Home football vs. Dubuque||1 p.m.|
|Oct. 18||Yell Like Hell||TBA|
|Oct. 19||Home football vs. Wartburg (homecoming)||1 p.m.|
|Nov. 2||Home football vs. Central||1 p.m.|
|Nov. 16||Home football vs. Luther (senior day)||1 p.m.|
|Dec. 6||ISDTA College Championships||TBA|
*Dance team performs at halftime of all home football and basketball games
Competition Routine Styles
Pom, jazz, hip hop