The Wartburg Dance Team promotes and upholds school spirit through performances at sporting events and other campus events. The team aims to improve the wellness and fitness of the team members while providing an encouraging environment in which to grow as an athlete and dancer. The team continually strives to build unity and leadership skills in order to best showcase its talents and school pride.
The Wartburg Dance Team is an organization that offers opportunities to continue one’s love for dance. There are two seasons offered, fall and winter. In the fall, dancers will perform at halftime of the home football games, a pep rally, and at the Iowa State Dance Championship. In the winter season, performances will occur at the halftime of women and men’s basketball games. The styles performed will include kick, pom, jazz, and co-ed. The team practices on average six to eight hours per week and can be incorporated into almost any schedule. The team coordinates bonding activities, which help strengthen the unity of the team. Some of the favorite activities are tie dying, cookouts, and secret sister gift exchanges. These activities are what really make us a family.
Financially, the dance team is supported by the Wartburg Student Senate. They will provide funds for many expenses, but in order to cover all costs there is a $100 minimum amount each dancer needs to raise. Other items each dancer is expected to buy are shoes, tights, shorts, team pants and shirt, and a few optional items are offered.
The Wartburg Dance Team performs at most home football and basketball games. They also compete at the Iowa State Dance/Drill Team Championships each year. Come watch and cheer them on. Look for schedules for the football and basketball teams on www.go-knights.net.
The Wartburg Dance Team members are always thrilled to have prospective students and dancers come visit and spend a night on campus to get the full Wartburg College experience. Come watch a performance or practice and follow it up with a night of bonding with the team. Contact Coach Kendra Oswald to set up a date.
Kendra Oswald, Coach
A former Wartburg Dance Team member and captain, Oswald supervises practices as well as organizes the team events and performances. She is originally from Eagle Grove, Iowa, where she danced for the Golden Stars Dance Team for four years.
Each year, there are two captains that are in charge of making sure the team is the best it can be, both on and off the floor. These captains are voted on by the team, and typically there is both a senior and a junior captain. It is required that captains have been part of the team for at least one year, if not two. When voted in to the position as a junior, you are expected to lead for a two-year term. The duties of a captain include but are not limited to: leading practices, creating choreography for routines or delegating choreography to other team members, making decisions for the team, and organizing practices, fundraising, and bonding. Being a captain on the Wartburg Dance Team requires a lot of focus and dedication. They are always expected to do what is best for the team and they are counted on to set the tone for practices and performances.