2018 Edina Invitational – bookended by showcase performances was wall-to-wall action

The 2018 Edina Dance Team Invitational, on January 6, 2018, brought together 25 high school, two colleges and some area studios for a full day of dance.

The seniors who participated in the Edina Invitational. Photo by Matt Blewett/Minnesota Dance News

Enjoy this video recap of the highlights from Edina.

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The Edina High School gym, just hours after officially opening for the first time, hosted the 2018 Edina Dance Team Invitational featuring over two dozen schools and some of the best college dance in the country.  Click on a photo below to view the competition specific gallery.

Class A/AA Recap

Benilde-St. Margaret’s at the Edina Invitational. Photo by Rick Corwine/Minnesota Dance News

Class AAA Recap

The Edina Dance Team Photo by Matt Blewett/Minnesota Dance News

Photos of the exhibitions will appear below once the teams complete their National competitions.

The buzz around the building was regarding the brand new gym, a gym that, the day before, had not been ready for the team to practice in.  Organizers were learning where everything was, including how to turn on the lights, that morning, but were able to get everything in tip top shape by the 11:00 a.m. start of the Class A/AA tournament.

The day hummed along with no noticeable glitches, in fact, the organizers kept everything pretty well on schedule.

The day opened up with performances from the Eden Prairie Pom Squad who, later that day, won first place for their Pom dance at the UDA Spirit of America competition at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Other notable exhibition dances included the Mavericks Dance Team from Minnesota State University, Mankato and the University of Minnesota Dance Team.

Both universities will be heading to Orlando Florida the weekend of January 14-16 to compete at the UDA Nationals.  They have requested that we not publish a gallery of photos until after that event.