West Fork Dance Team wins two state titles

Members of the West Fork Dance Team celebrate after defending their two state titles in Pom and Hip Hop last Thursday during competition at Des Moines. Pictured are: Front row (left to right): Ali Rice, Nashaun Bryant, Jayden Meyer, Sydney Nuehring, Keanna Peterson. Middle row: Jordan Swenson, Cheyla Weeaver, Mya Braun, Kacie Eisentrager, Cici Sullivan. Back row: Kalli Trewin, Keelee Sheriff, Ellie Waver, Delaney Christianson, Emma McKee and Megan McGuire. SUBMITTED PHOTO

The West Fork High School Dance Team successfully defended two state titles by winning its divisions Thursday in competition at Des Moines.

The West Fork squad, coached by Emily Trewin, claimed top honors in the Class IV Pom division (which included 10 teams) and also earned the crown in the Class II Hip Hop division (which was made up of 11 teams).

Twenty-four college teams and 254 high school teams made up the 600 routines performed at the 44th Annual Iowa Dance Team Championships Thursday and Friday. West Fork’s Dance Team of 17 girls was part of the nearly 5000 students that competed.

Routines were performed and judged in several categories: pom, jazz, novelty, lights, military, hip hop, lyrical, hoopla, kick, show production, color guard, all-male and coed. The teams are judged by an expert group of judges from across the United States. The judges scores are based on appearance, choreography, execution, technique and general effect/showmanship.

Teams were awarded Division I, II or III ratings along with trophy placements for those teams with the highest point totals.

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