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The 11th Annual Iowa DanceSport Classic

By Daniel O'Connell

I can remember a time not too long ago when the only amateur-focused competition of any size within a six-hour radius of the Twin Cities was Star of the North. However, in the last few years, several amateur competitions have begun to flourish in this region. One of these competitions is the Iowa DanceSport Classic.

Having just completed its eleventh year, it is presented by Eddie Simon and Susan Murray. Originally a pro/am event, in the last two years many amateur competitors have flocked to the competition thanks to its affordable pricing for amateurs, especially collegiate teams. This year alone, over 250 amateurs attended the event, and more are expected to participate in 2015.

One of the great things about attending the Iowa DanceSport Classic is that you can participate in workshops with some of the best in the industry, such as Minnesota's own Amy Anderson and Jay Larson, along with Edward Simon himself and many others. Combined with a wide selection of vendors, top judges, and scholarships, the Iowa DanceSport Classic has a lot to offer amateurs looking for events to put on their calendar.

The Iowa DanceSport Classic is held in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in the beginning of April and is sanctioned by the NDCA.