The Simpson 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 against other Iowa colleges and the NDA Collegiate Nationals in Daytona Beach, FL. Throughout the school year these girls are involved in multiple activities such as Kids Dance Clinics, Race for the Cure, "Yell Like Hell" Pep Rally, Annual Spring Show, and a variety of fundraisers. At Simpson, the spirit squads are an extension of the athletic department—it’s exciting for team members to be involved in something they love at the collegiate level.
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.
SCDT Dance Clinic — Sunday, April 7, 2019
• REGISTER NOW to reserve your spot!
• For grades K-5
• Clinic begins at Noon in Cowles Fieldhouse and ends at 2 p.m.
• Registration Fee: $30 (includes performance t-shirt; register by March 10 to guarantee size)
• Performance will be during the SCDT Spring Show 2018 that day at 3 pm. Kids Clinic Dancers and one guest are admitted into the show for free! Admission for additional guests is $5.
• Questions? Email Paige Ahrens at firstname.lastname@example.org
SCDT Spring Show 2018 — Sunday, April 7, 2019
The dance team will be performing each of its routines from throughout the season with additional performances, including those participating in the Kids Dance Clinic prior to the show that day! Help us celebrate all that we have accomplished this year!
The show begins at 3 p.m. in Cowles Fieldhouse, doors open at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door.
2019-20 Dance Team Tryouts — April 28, 2019
Interested in joining our squad? Register for tryouts! We'll begin with check-in at 1:45 p.m. in the Steven Johnson Fitness Center Dance Room and get started at 2 p.m. REGISTER TODAY
2017-18 Competitions, Appearances and Performances
|Oct. 13||Yell Like Hell||TBA|
|Oct. 14||Home football vs. Luther||1 pm|
|Oct. 28||Home football vs. Buena Vista||1 pm|
|Dec. 1||State Dance Competition (Wells Fargo Arena)||TBA|
|March 18||Spring Show/Kids Clinic||2 pm|
|April 22||Tryouts for 2018-19 Season||2 pm|
*Dance team performs at halftime of all home football and basketball games
Competition Routine Styles
Pom, jazz, hip hop