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School Administrators attending the Competitive Dance State Finals can pick up a wristband for entry inside the lobby doors of the Pepsi Ice Center. Administrators do not need to make a formal request through the IHSA for a pass if they will be attending the State Finals on Friday or Saturday.

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Click here for State Final information for qualifying teams.

Music

All coaches need to have their team music on to both an AUDIO CD and a copy of their music on their phone/mp3player.  If you will be using your phone to play the competition music, it is your responsibility to have it on airplane mode. 

Alternates in the Warm-up Area

Only the participants and team personnel who have been issued one of the Participant Passes are allowed to enter the designated team areas. Only participants that are in team apparel and on the List of Participants will be allowed on the floor. The IHSA Terms and Conditions allow teams to have 28 rostered participants with no more than 24 allowed on the competition floor and no less than 5. If a team has a roster of 22 and floors 14 dancers they are allowed to have the additional 8 rostered dancers come through the warm-up area with the team and sit on the performance floor in the designated coaches box.

Awards

On Saturday the top three teams in each Division will participate in the trophy awards presentation. Appropriate team attire for awards includes:  teams in matching competition apparel or matching team warm-ups.  Only team members on the list of participants, certified coaches in compliance with IHSA By-law 2.070 and school administrators are allowed on the floor for awards

Locker rooms

Coaches and participants please be aware that only general locker room space is available at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum. Dancers will need to be ready in competing apparel upon arrival at the Coliseum.  There will not be a general area for teams to store your bags and costumes.  Teams will be responsible for keeping their belongings with them at all times. During your performance time the IHSA will move your team bags from warm-up to the cool-down area. However, leave all valuables with a school representative or parent.

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The State Final performance order was determined by a random sort. State Final Prelim Performance Order.

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The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) is proud to announce its 2014-15 Officials of the Year in 20 IHSA sports. To be considered for this honor, an official must first be nominated by an Officials Association recognized by the IHSA. IHSA staff members then vote on the winners based on factors ... Read more
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The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has named Fieldcrest High School Competitive Dance Coach Tina Fortner its National Spirit Coach of the Year. Fortner is the 15th coach from Illinois to win the National Coach of the Year honor and the first in the Spirit category. &... Read more
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The IHSA Board of Directors met for their regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, January 12, where the Board announced that IHSA Executive Director Marty Hickman (right) will retire on January 15, 2016. “I have known for some time that the 2015-16 school year would be my final year,” ... Read more
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Illinois High School Association (IHSA) member schools approved three amendment proposals and rejected three others in the annual referendum that ended December 30, 2014. The online ballots were tabulated and certified in the IHSA Office Tuesday (Jan. 6). All the by-law changes take effect on J... Read more
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Athletes, coaches and parents are encouraged to register for this complimentary seminar addressing mechanics, injury prevention and conditioning for the overhead throwing athlete. The seminar will be at The Forum at Carle, 611 W. Park Street, Urbana on January 17, 2015 from 10 – 11:30 a.m... Read more
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The blind drawing that determines the state final pairings in bracketed team sports was held at the IHSA Office on Wednesday, December 17, starting at approximately 1:00 pm. This drawing covered the winter sports of girls basketball, boys basketball, and dual team wrestling, as well as Scholastic Bo... Read more
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The IHSA Archives project is serving up an early treat for high school basketball fans this holiday season. On Sunday evening (Dec. 21) the Illinois High School Association will release video recordings of 145 boys and girls basketball state championship games, covering tournaments from 1947 to 2007... Read more
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The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Board of Directors met at its regularly scheduled meeting at the IHSA office in Bloomington on Monday, December 15, 2014, where the Board approved the creation of the new IHSA Student Section Showdown contest. The IHSA Student Sectional Showdown was an ... Read more
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Coaches, the deadline to enter your list of participants in the IHSA Schools Center is Monday, January 13. Click here for directions on how to enter your list of participants and upload your team picture. Read more
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The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) was founded more than 100 years ago upon the belief that participation in high school sports and activities helps make young people better citizens. High school sports create everlasting bonds among teammates and coaches, and contribute to the fabric o... Read more
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The Illinois High School Association's Legislative Commission voted Monday (Nov. 24) to refer six proposals to amend the IHSA Constitution and By-laws to a vote of the general membership. The Commission voted after hearing feedback from member school personnel at 28 town meetings held around the sta... Read more
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Press Release courtesy of Comcast SportsNet Chicago: For the fourth-straight year, Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox, will be airing LIVE coverage of the 2014 Illinois High School Associat... Read more
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Visit Champaign County is glad to welcome football fans attending the 2014 IHSA Football State Finals at Memorial Stadium on the University of Illinois campus to its annual festivities at Tent City. Returning fans will want to note that the location of Tent City has moved this year to the west side ... Read more
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The NFHS as well as the IHSA have been receiving a number of questions regarding the legality of the "Death Drop.” The trick is ruled as Illegal. "Death Drop"= Illegal- NFHS Rule 3-Section- 5- Article 1 (3-5-1) pg. 35 . . . the descent is not controlled and the majority of the weight is... Read more
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5.352 Contest Limitation

No Competitive Dance team representing a member school shall, in any one season, participate in more than six (6) dates exclusive of the IHSA state series.

If your team is looking for additional contest dates visit the Open Dates link on the IHSA website.

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