Competition & Performance Information

Hi  Any/All: 
Consider Chaperoning!
Chaperoning is a great way to understand what happens at competitions, see the show and meet other parents.  The Sign Up Genius link for competitions IS NOW posted under the Volunteering tab of the show choir website.  
Vicki Eikaas
 Date  Competition / 2018-2019 Season  Details
November 2-3, 2018        Fall Retreat - JHS
Friday, November 2nd:  5 pm - 9 pm 
Saturday, November 3rd:  9 am - 1 pm
Choirs: Jive and Connection
January 19, 2019
Name:  Bloomington Kennedy Gold 2019
Location: John F. Kennedy High School, Bloomington, MN
JIVE Performance: 10:45 am                (Warm up at 9:50 am; critique at 11:10 am)
Connection Performance:  3:30 pm      (Warm up at 2:35 pm; critique at 4:00 pm)
Evening Finals start at 7:00 pm
For competition information:

January 26, 2019
 Name: Altoona Locopalooza
Location: Altoona High School, Altoona, WI
JIVE performance:  12:55 pm                    (Warm up at 12:30 pm; critique at 1:20 pm)
Connection performance:  4:25 pm           (Warm up at 4:00 pm; critique at 4:50 pm)
Evening Finals start at 7:00 pm
Final Awards:  Approximately 10:30 PM
Arrive at JHS: Approximately 1:00 AM
 For competition information:

February 9, 2019
Name: Comet Sensation
Location: North Polk High School, Alleman, IA
JIVE performance:  1:55 pm (Warm-up at 1:30 pm)
Connection performance:  5:15 pm (Warm-up at 4:50 pm)
Final Awards:  6:20 pm
Arrive at JHS: Approximately 11:30 pm
For competition information:
February 16, 2019
Name: Star Power
Location: Waconia High School, Waconia, MN
JIVE Performance: 8:55 am
Connection Performance: 3:45 pm
Final Awards:  6:15 pm
Arrive at JHS: Approximately 12:30 am
For competition information: 

February 23, 2019
Name: Swingin' on the River
Location: Hastings High School, Hastings, MN
JIVE Performance: 8:50 am
Connection Performance: 2:55 pm
Afternoon Awards:  6:10 pm
Evening Finals: 7:10 pm
Evening Awards: 10:30 pm
For competition information:

Show Choir Tour / Trip
March 7 - 10, 2019   
Name: Heart of America 2019
Location: Kansas City, MO


Travel Day to KC (7:30am Load buses at JHS; 8am Departure, Lunch in Des Moines, 
4:00pm Approximate arrival to KC) 
Unpack at hotel, dinner at Fritz’s Railroad Restaurant 
Evening - Crown Center  ($15 Crown Center card provided)  

FRIDAY, 3/8 
10:30am  Depart for Arabia Museum and City Market 
11am-2pm  - Steamboat Arabia Museum , *Lunch at City Market 
2:30pm  American Jazz Museum Tour 
Evening - Heart of America Student Dance and Director Reception

7:40am  Connection Concert Performance - Bloomington, MN 
8:40am  Jive Concert Performance - Bloomington, MN 
11:30am  CONNECTION Show Performance - Bloomington, MN 
2:45pm Announcement of Finalists for Evening 
4:00pm  JIVE Show Performance  - Bloomington, MN 
Finals Begin at 7:30pm; Awards Ceremony at 11:15pm 

SUNDAY, 3/10 

Travel Day to Bloomington (7:30am Load buses at hotel; 8am depart for JHS, Lunch in Des Moines, 4:00pm Approximate arrival to JHS)

Choirs: Jive and Connection 

For competition information (two links):
Friday, Saturday
April 5-6, 2019
Location: Thomas Jefferson High School, Bloomington, MN

Friday, April 5, 2019    7:00 PM
Saturday, April 6, 2019    7:00 PM

 Choirs: Jive, Connection, a cappella groups

Show Choir Competitions 101

We wanted to provide a list of helpful competition information to our new show choir families (and a good refresher for all families) as show choir competition season kicks off. We encourage fans to come and watch both JIVE and CONNECTION shows to support ALL of our kids. 

  • Bus - ALL students take the bus to and from Jefferson.
  • Parking - no matter the competition location, parking fills up. The early bird gets the better parking spot.
  • Tickets - tickets are priced either "first part of day" or "all day."  You'd want to choose all day if you want to watch finals. 
  • Photo pins - wear your performer's pin to competitions. It's a nice way for parents to recognize each other. (Pins for parents were distributed at Dessert and a Show. Let us know if you did not receive one.)
  • Cash - send cash with your student(s) for food and other show choir swag. Parents may want swag too!
  • Water bottle - students (and adults) are encouraged to bring a reusable water bottle (labelled with your name).
  • Food - competitions always have a variety of food for sale - meals and snacks. You are welcome to bring your own food but not into the competition areas.
  • Performance protocol - 
    • The first several rows are for the fans of the school performing. Fans get up when their school is done and the next school's fans fill in the seats. 
    • Instead of clapping out loud during the ballad or softer songs, raise your hands above your head and do silent waving jazz hands to show your appreciation. Clapping would overpower the quieter voices of a ballad.
    • Be respectful of all performers anywhere, anytime at competitions. Everyone on stage is someone's child or grandchild or friend. Keep all comments positive and encouraging all day no matter where you are. 
  • Homerooms - each choir is given a designated homeroom at each competition school where they keep their belongings. At least one of the Jefferson parent chaperones will be on duty in the homeroom at all times.
  • Finals - Before dinner break, the finalists will be announced. Finalist show choirs perform their set again at finals. If Jefferson does NOT make finals, students will pack up and bus will leave for Jefferson. If we make finals, everyone stays until finals and award ceremony is over, then bus returns to Jefferson.