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Gem State Classic

Gem State Classic is next week!

Here are all the details - please read through everything

GEM STATE CLASSIC! March 23-25, Thunder Ridge High School, Idaho Falls. (4941 1st Street)

Next to the Spring Concert, this is the biggest event of our year. Hopefully you've had these dates blocked since September so there shouldn't be any conflicts for your dancers. The $25 competitor entry fee was included in the competition fees you paid IBA.

Please know that the coaches have done their very best to prepare their teams for the competition. If there are unexpected problems, such as a dancer getting sick or injured and not able to come, please don’t be angry with the coach if your dancer has to dance as a “casper”. We will all do the very best we can to make sure all dancers have a positive experience.

We have tried to assign the double boys to different syllabus levels (silver with one class, gold with the other) so that all the girls will all have partners. We do the very best we can to make sure everyone has a partner.

The team competition is the NATIONAL SHOWDANCE CHAMPIONSHIPS. In all, there are nearly 200 routines entered. Bring a seat cushion! There are also a high number of dancers registered for the syllabus and open events, so these will be very long sessions.



General Admission: $7/person/day, $25/family/day. Age 6 and under free.

Purchase tickets at the door or pre-purchase here: GSC TICKETS


Here are the general schedules - we will send the detailed schedules soon. You can also find the schedule info on the website. We are hoping to have the detailed schedules ready by tomorrow morning. (

NOTE: These times may be adjusted once the final schedule is set according to registration.

Thursday, Mar 23 Session 1: 9:00 - 11:00 pm Pre-Teen & Pee Wee Team Competition Session 2: 12:00 - 2:30 pm Pre-Teen Syllabus Session 3: 3:00 - 4:15 pm Junior & Pre-Teen Open Session 4: 4:30 - 7:30 pm Junior Syllabus Session 5: 8:00 - 10:00 pm Solo Cabaret Friday, Mar 24 Session 1: 9:00 - 12:45 am Junior Team Competition Session 2: 1:30 - 9:00 pm Youth Team Competition Session 3: 9:30 pm TEAM MATCH Saturday, Mar 25 Session 1: 10:00 - 4:00 pm Youth Syllabus events: Bonus swing first, West Coast Swing last Session 2: 5:00 - 10:00 pm Youth Open Events in this order: Smooth, Rhythm, Ballroom, Latin

THURSDAY: Pre-Teens, Pre-Juniors, Juniors. (Note - the Pre-Jrs compete in Pre-teen age category)

1. Pre-Teen team competition: 9:00 - 11:00am.

Dancers should arrive 45 minutes before their session begins with hair and make-up ready. They will change into their costumes in the dressing rooms. (Check the show order when it is sent). Each team is doing two routines. They will be done with their team events by 11:00.

2. Pre-Teen Syllabus competition: 12:00 - 2:30 pm.

Dancers should change out of team costumes and into their syllabus gear (black and white) ready to dance by 11:45. All dancers will be in three categories (Foxtrot, Cha Cha, Swing) and those in Tech Class will be in an additional two dances (Quickstep, Samba).

3. Junior Syllabus: 4:30 - 7:30 pm. Dancers should arrive by 3:45, hair and make-up ready. Dancers can change into their syllabus gear in the dressing rooms. All dancers will be in three categories (Foxtrot, Cha Cha, Swing) and those in Tech Class will be in an additional two dances (Waltz, Samba).

4. Junior Open: 3:00 - 4:15 pm. This is the couples in the costumes who are in private lessons.

5. National Youth Cabaret Championships (solo couples). 8:00-10:00pm. This is for couples who are competing a cabaret (lift) routine. There are 30 Cabaret routines entered!

FRIDAY: Junior Teams, Senior Teams.

1. Junior Teams: 9:00 am - 11:30 pm. IBA teams should arrive by 8:15 with hair and make-up ready. They will change into costume in the dressing rooms.

2. Senior Teams: 12:30 - 9:00 pm (Called “Youth” teams on the schedule). IBA Lift team dancers should arrive no later than 11:00 (to change and warm-up). All other senior dancers should arrive by 12:30 with hair and make-up ready.

3. TEAM MATCH: 9:30 pm - this has always been on Saturday night in the past. It was moved to Friday night last year, and we received all positive feedback about the change.

All dancers are welcome to come for the Team Match - but it is totally optional for IBA Dancers. It is like a giant pep assembly (loud and crazy) - the dancers dress in their team colors and cheer on their representative couples.

SATURDAY: Senior teams.

1. Youth (senior) Syllabus: 10:00 - 4:30pm.

All dancers will be in three categories (Foxtrot, Cha Cha, Swing) and those in Tech Class will be in an additional two dances (Waltz, Samba).

2. Youth Opens 5:00 - 10:00 pm. This is the couples in the costumes who are in private lessons.

3. Jack and Jill This is when anyone who would like to participate comes to the dance floor and is matched with a random partner. The judges choose so many each round to come back. The partners change each round. This is some people’s favorite event!! It is great fun to see Dads, Coaches, Gramas, little siblings, and former team members out having a good time!

• HELP NEEDED: Please refer to the coming “help needed” message for more details. Awards, Check-In, Runners, Medical, Rides: Click Here GSC Help Sign-Up

THANKS for reading to the end! Please feel free to contact me or your coach with any questions. Also please let us know what you will be able to help with!

Janie Fisher Director, Idaho Ballroom Academy 208-201-6366 Shar-a-lynn Randall Shawn Fisher 208-313-0465 Ashley Fisher, 208-419-2888, Shawn Fisher, 208-313-0465, Caroline Bates, 208-206-8215, Elise Rich, 208-206-3661, Sam Fisher, 208-403-2463, Sara Fisher, 541-944-7479, Jennifer Taylor, 208-390-1889, JaronTaylor, ‭208-346-2170‬

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