The Iowa State Dance/Drill Team Competition at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines has become the biggest State Dance Team Competition in the nation with over 270 schools attending from around the state. The Akron-Westfield Dance Team competed in Class I HipHop and Class III Pom. The team earned a first place trophy in hiphop (choreographed by Bethany Eastman and Emily Miller, assisted by Natasia Eastman) and a fourth place trophy in Pom (choreographed by Jayde Ostermyer and Eliza Kjar assisted by Natasia Eastman) with tough competition in both areas. The A-W Dance Team is co-directed by Val Philips and Natasia Eastman.
“These ladies are a talented group. But more important to their success was their desire to work hard, practicing long hours to polish their routines. Right away at summer camp last summer, I was impressed with their work ethic and leadership. Additionally they have truly awesome attitudes, taking their coaches suggestions seriously and showing respect not only to their coaches but also to each other. They are truly a coachable group of young ladies. They also earned the Distinguished Academic Award with a combined grade point of over 3.5 showing that they are able to participate in several extra-curriculars while maintaining a strong academic base. Natasia and I are very proud of them!!” said Philips.
Pictured are the dance team members who competed along with the directors and trophies: Front row, from left, Alex Franker, Marlenne Arreola, Kylie Dumas. Second row, Val Philips, Eliza Kjar, Jayde Ostermyer, Bethany Eastman, Emily Miller, Natasia Eastman. Third row, Kami Tokarz, Jaclyn Smith, Sarah Schroeder. Fourth row, Lexi Hageman, Kali Kriener, Desi Oltmanns. Back row, Chandra DeRocher, Jessen Wood.