Changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic will send the Beckman dance team to Des Moines Nov. 18 to “compete” at the Iowa State Dance/Drill Team Association’s (ISDTA) state competition, but results will not be known until they are livestreamed Dec. 5.
Routines will be vidoetaped but judges will not be present. The judges will review the tapes and render decisions prior to the livestream.
“We know it looks different this year,” said coach Kaylee Ungs,” but we are so thankful that IDSTA worked hard to be able to host the event. Yes, it will be hard to walk away that night and not know how we did but it is still better than not getting state dance at all in 2020.”
The Blazers will compete in the Class VI Pom category, against Louisa-Muscatine, Pella, Missouri Valley, Woodward-Granger, Emmetsburg, West Sioux, Western Christian, Sioux Central, South Hamilton, Eagle Grove and Waterloo Columbus.
“Our pom category this year is made up of some traditionally tough schools. However our girls are ready and prepared to compete with the best of the best,” added Ungs.
They have worked a routine to “We Built This City” and have practiced it since July.
“It is traditional pom that is fun and upbeat,” said Ungs. “The girls have been excited about it since the first day back in July. Jenny Thielman, head coach of the Kirkwood dance team, choreographed the routine for us this year. The girls were able to really play a major part in the choreography this year and were able to add their own touches to the dance.”
Returning to the squad this season are seniors Leah Krantz and Melanie Lutgen; along with juniors Paige Ungs, Valery Meyer, Emma Oberbroeckling and Annie Gulick. Rookie freshman Izzy Lutgen will compete in her first state competition.
“Another big change this year is that our soloists will perform the same day in Des Moines,” said coach Ungs. “Normally the solo competition was a month before the teams. Two soloists are competing this year for us, Leah and Paige. Both are in their third year of solo competition and have been working hard on their solos. They are excited to compete at state.
“This is my third year as part of the Beckman Catholic dance team and I am so very proud of these girls every year, but especially this year. We have not been able to compete at all this year and have only performed our routine once. I am happy that the seniors get this one last chance to compete in Des Moines. It is such a fun atmosphere there.
“I am so excited to experience this with these seven girls again this year. We will be anxious to hear how we did come Dec. 5 when ISDTA hosts the virtual live awards ceremony,” concluded coach Ungs.
Solos will perform in Hy-Vee Hall beginning at 10:06 a.m. Beckman will dance in the team competition is in Wells Fargo Arena at 11:26 a.m., all Wednesday, Nov. 18.