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2022 IHSA State Dance Competition Underway

In person for first time since 2020
Published: Jan. 28, 2022 at 4:25 PM CST
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PEORIA (25 News) - The Illinois High School Association Competitive Dance State Finals are underway at Grossinger Motors Arena in Bloomington and will finish up with 3A team finals Saturday at 2 PM.

This is the first time since 2020 that the State Championships have been held in person and nearly six thousand people will travel to the Bloomington-Normal community to participate.

“Athletes here these dance teams have just worked so hard. And this is you know, the state final for them is the culminating experience of their season.” Said Tracie Henry, Assistant Executive Director of IHSA and Administrator in Charge of Dance.

For the community, this means big bucks to local hotels, restaurants, and shops and that brings a huge economic impact to Bloomington-Normal.

“We’ve been fortunate enough to host the HSA dance they finals for about a dozen years or so here at Grossinger Motors Arena with about 90 teams and competition. Staying in our hotels eating in our restaurants going shopping in our community, generating about $750,000 in economic impact,” said Matt Hawkins, Director of Sports and Marketing Development for Bloomington-Normal Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Last year, the state championships were held virtually, with schools sending in videos for a panel of judges to watch. To Emma Joanne Devera, a dance team member for Streator High School, performing in front of people will never be replaced virtually.

“After working so hard and not being able to perform in front of people or an audience, I’m really proud and grateful that we got to be here again in our competition routine this year.”

Doors open at 10 AM Saturday for the remainder of the competition.

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