The Fort Dodge Senior High dance/drill team competed at the 2014 Iowa State Dance/Drill Team Championships in Des Moines Friday in the categories of novelty and lights, taking second place in novelty for their routine "Nerdology."
The team of 13 students competed against 278 high school dance teams and more than 5,000 participants, according to Jill Sherman, dance team coach.
"The girls did wonderful. Second place," Sherman said. "I've got a lot of seniors on the team this year, so it's nice to see them go out that way. This was a big year for them."
Novelty is a dance performance that tells a story, Sherman said.
"It's more of a show," she said. "They did a nerd dance. They were dressed as nerds, with suspenders. It's more of an entertainment, I guess."
For the lights category, the arena is darkened.
"They have anything that can glow in the dark," Sherman said. "They use glow sticks. They had light-up bodies. Everything is done with lights. It's just totally black."
The dance team began training for the competition in the summer, Sherman said, and meeting two days a week since school started in August.
"We've been practicing since June for the two routines," she said.
Sherman said competing at the state level can be, for the students, overwhelming.
"Some of these girls have never been studio trained. They've only been trained through the dance team at the high school," she said. "When they see some of the other teams and how good they are, it's kind of overwhelming, a little bit."
The dance team, though, is not done for the year, Sherman said.
"Now we'll start performing for the basketball games, after the first of the year," she said. "They'll be their halftime entertainment for the varsity games coming up in January."