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The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Spirit Rules Committee revised several rules for the 2015-16 season, all of which focused on minimizing risk to participants. NFHS News Release Spirit Rules Changes Read more
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School Administrators  

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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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 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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When a dance team exhibitions does it count as a contest date?

Yes. By-law 5.350

Could a high school competitive team dancer, exhibition for her studio during the IHSA competitive dance season?

No. 3.100

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The NFHS as well as the IHSA have been receiving a number of questions regarding the legalities of both the "Neck Kip" and the "Suicide Kip". The tricks are ruled as followed. Click on the term to see a video of each skill being demonstrated. (Videos are in Windows Media format.) "Neck Kip"= ... Read more
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This year the IHSA has received a number of questions regarding rules and guidelines for costumes. Below you will find instructions on where to locate the rules as well frequently asked questions and rule interpretations. Click link for rules. Costume Rules for IHSA Dance Competitions Read more
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Coaches, the online rules video is now available for you to view (8/12-12/2) in the IHSA Schools Center Site. The video addresses IHSA By-law Changes, IHSA Terms and Conditions Changes and NFHS Rules Changes. All head coaches are required to view the online video in their schools center site. Read more
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Oak Forest High School will be hosting the Illinois Cheer & Dance Coaches Conference on Sunday, August 24th at Oak Forest High School. Click here to access the registration form for the conference. For additional information regarding the conference email Christine DiVenti: Catscoach@comcast.net

IHSA Competitive Cheerleading administrator Shaunda Brown and IHSA Competitive Dance administrator Tracie Henry are both scheduled to attend and speak at this event. Click here to view the entire speaker schedule. Read more
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2014-15 NFHS Spirit Rules Changes
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The Competitive Dance Performance order is posted. Read more
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Coaches, the deadline to enter your List of Participants is Monday, January 13. Click here for detailed instructions on how to enter your List of Participants and upload your team picture. Read more
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A diagram of the State Final floor is posted. Read more
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Competitive Dance Sectional assignments are posted. The top six qualifying teams in each division from each Sectional will advance to the State Competition. Each team entered into the IHSA State Series has been assigned by the IHSA to one of the five (5) proportional divisions for Sectionals. Assignments are made according to the IHSA Grouping Policy # 19. The number of competing schools, travel distance, geographical location and the number of entries are primary factors in the determination of number and boundary lines for the Sectionals. The Sectional competition order will be randomly determined at the IHSA office and be posted online and provided to the Sectional Managers. Read more
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Coaches remember to update your top 15 Officials list throughout the season. You do not have to list 15 Officials. However, in order to have a voice in who is selected to judge post-season make sure to list those that you think should be assigned for Sectionals and State. Read more
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