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.
Storm tally first place in pom at A-R-C Invitational
DUBUQUE, Iowa -- At the American Rivers Conference Cheer and Dance Invitational on Sunday, the Simpson dance team won the pom competition and finished second in hip-hop and jazz.
“During the competition, the team not only represented Simpson by earning top titles, but they also demonstrated amazing character by supporting the other teams competing,” said head coach Lindsay Taylor. “As a coach, it made me proud to see them act as such great competitors both on and off the floor.”
The Storm avenged their silver performance from a year ago in pom with a score of 279 to narrowly clip Nebraska Wesleyan’s 276. Simpson came close to back-to-back first-place showings in hip-hop with a score of 279, but lost by one to the Prairie Wolves. The Storm tallied 261 points in jazz to be edged by Nebraska Wesleyan once again.
"The team has worked so hard this past month preparing for the competition by putting in countless hours of work, both during practice and on their own time, and I'm happy to see their hard work pay off,” Taylor said. “It's evident that this team is passionate about what they do and they are willing to work hard to reach their goals.”
Simpson will have it’s Spring Show on Sunday, March 8 inside Cowles Fieldhouse at 3 p.m. The Storm will showcase various routines from throughout the year and will also have special guests from around the area perform. Admission is $3 for students and $5 for the general public.
To view the full results and release from the American Rivers Conference, click here.
Storm dance team primed for A-R-C Championships
INDIANOLA, Iowa -- The Simpson dance team is set to compete in the American Rivers Conference Cheer and Dance Invitational on Sunday, Feb. 16 at the University of Dubuque. Start time is slated for 1 p.m.
The Storm will begin competition at 1:14 p.m. in hip-hop, then jazz at 2:37 p.m. and end the day in the pom division at 3:32 p.m. In last year’s event, Simpson took home first-place titles in hip-hop and jazz, and narrowly missed a third by ending second in pom.
“We are extremely excited to represent Simpson at the A-R-C Cheer and Dance Invitational this weekend,” said head coach Lindsay Taylor. “The competition continues to grow each and every year and the teams competing are all very talented. We are eager to get out there and show everyone what SCDT has been working on!”
To view the live feed of the event, click here.
Storm dance squad competes at ISDTA Championships
DES MOINES, Iowa -- The Simpson dance team performed at the Iowa State Drill & Dance Team Association College Championships on Friday and ended with two second-place results and one third-place finish at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.
The Storm finished second in pom, second in jazz and third in hip-hop with Division I ratings in all three events. In pom, Simpson just clipped Buena Vista with 91.83 points, while the Beavers scored 91. In jazz, the Storm missed tying for first with Central and Wartburg as they scored 81.67 and Simpson ended with 81.5. The team scored 82.75 in hip-hop.
“We were up against some tough competition this year as all of the teams competing were really good, so I'm very happy and proud that we could maintain those top spots in each routine,” said head coach Lindsay Taylor.”
The Storm compete next in the American Rivers Conference Cheer and Dance Invitational on Sunday, Feb. 16 in Dubuque, Iowa.
To view the ISDTA Championship results, click here.
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.
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|
|Feb. 8||College Dance Team Prep Clinic||TBA|
|Feb. 16||A-R-C Cheer & Dance Invitational||TBA|
|April 4-5||Dance Team Tryouts||TBA|
*Dance team performs at halftime of all home football and basketball games
Competition Routine Styles
Pom, jazz, hip hop