Iowa Central to present annual Curtain Call

The Iowa Central Community College Triton Dance Team has been working hard this year preparing for shows and competitions.

One of those shows is the 12th annual Curtain Call featuring the Triton Dancers. It is Saturday, at 7 p.m., at the Decker Auditorium on the Iowa Central main campus.

The Dance Team is ranked third in the nation among junior colleges, after competing at National Dance Alliance Nationals in Daytona Beach, Florida. This competition, which is the largest cheer and dance competition in the world, is one of the reasons Curtain Call exists.

At Curtain Call, the dance team will perform routines that it has performed throughout the year.

Graduates will also showcase their solo routines.

The coaches will also perform.

Additionally, Curtain Call will feature area dance teams and studios.

The entire evening will culminate in a co-ed finale.

Head Coach Cassidy Vermeer has been coaching the dance team for eight years. This year, she is joined by Assistant Coach Stephanie Hood. Hood is in her first year of coaching and is an alumni dancer of the team.

Team members include Zoey Aune, Gracie Bach, Yasmine Bourommavong, Missy Davis, Alyssa Dugas, Tia Dugas, Karrina Laugen, Jessie Neeley, Kristen Rapp, Jayda Roethler, Jasilyn Roop, Kaitlin Scheff, and Kendra Terry.

This year the team competed at the Iowa State Dance and Drill Team Association competition in Des Moines and in the Community College divisions. They earned a first place state champion title in both the pom and jazz divisions, and they also placed second in the hip hop division.

Proceeds from Curtain Call goes to the team’s attendance at the NDA Nationals, through ticket sales, business and personal sponsorships, a silent auction, and baked goods at intermission. The money will cover travel costs, costumes, choreography, flights, and meals. It will also help cover general team needs throughout the remainder of the year.

Tickets for Curtain Call can be purchased at the door, through the coaches (vermeer@iowacentral.edu or hood@iowacentral.edu), or through the Iowa Central Community College Bookstore. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students, and $1 for Iowa Central students with an ID.

Auditions to be on the dance team are held every year and scholarships are available to those who qualify. The next auditions are scheduled for April 27.

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