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Bengal Dance Team Claims Second Place at NDA National Competition

Coach Kolissa Manchan

After dancing together for the past several months, the Bengal Dancer’s hard work paid off when they won second place in the Division I Team Performance at the NDA National Competition in Daytona Beach, Florida. Now, the team arrives home in Pocatello with a trophy in hand.

Not only did they place second in the preliminary rounds for Team Performance but held their place and even improved their score in the finals. Head Coach Kolissa Manchan said, “We’ve been competing for years and placed all over but consistently have been fourth. Our goal has been to get into the top three, so to place second is incredible.”

The girls looked at the judges’ comments after their prelims performance, corrected their mistakes, and came back with even more energy. There was an initial shock among the dancers when their score was called, followed by pure excitement.

Coach Manchan said this is a special group of dancers, and their competitive spirit and commitment to the team is the reason they were able to pull of this huge win. She said, “This is a year where I’ve had everyone on the same page, they all wanted to be there,
work hard, and perform well."

Idaho State University Athletic Director Pauline Thiros commented: “Our dance team’s remarkable 2 nd place finish at nationals embodies the spirit of excellence and dedication that defines the athletes in our spirit program.”

The Bengal Dance Team has their tryouts for next season at the end of next month on May 24 th and 25 th . If you’re interested in joining this competitive spirit squad, please register online at and follow them on social media.

I'm Hadley, a freshman student in Communications in Multiplatform Journalism at ISU. I am the Sports Editor for The Bengal Newspaper on campus, and love reporting both sports and student life stories. In addition to radio broadcasts, you might hear me on the upcoming Bengal Podcast with my fellow journalists at The Bengal!