New JV dance team state competition introduced for fall

As the spring sports come to an end, the fall sports are starting to practice. The varsity and JV dance team has recently started their practices to prepare for their competitions in the fall for the ‘24-’25 season.

This season, there is a change in the state competition. Now, there will be a JV competition section along with varsity. JV has never had a competition in the state of Iowa previously.

Head coach Alyssa Nolte is responsible for both JV and varsity programs. She said, “We’re very excited about this JV competition as it will be the first-ever hosted by the official Iowa Dance and Drill Team Association (ISDTA). This is the same association that hosts the varsity level competition. While there are private competitions we could enter throughout the year, this is the first time we’ll have a chance to compete against other 5A schools and their JV teams. The ISDTA puts on a well-run, professional and highly competitive event. We look forward to representing Cedar Falls on both the JV and varsity levels. Giving JV teams like ours a chance to compete drives new opportunities for dancers across all levels to set new goals, work together, develop new skills and create lasting memories.”

With the new competition, the JV team now has new responsibilities. Nolte said, “In previous years, JV was focused on building fundamentals and preparing for football halftime performances. In addition to that work, the team will now add a new level of competitive spirit to their practices. The teams we will compete against are incredibly talented, and our JV dancers will need to raise the intensity of their preparation just like any competitive team. We have all the faith that they will exceed our expectations and represent the Tigers well.”

At this competition, each team is allowed to bring a maximum of two routines. The CF dance team will be competing in Pom and Hip Hop categories against other 5A schools JV teams.

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