Welcome to Iowa State University!

Camp Dates & Pricing

  • Camp located in the newly renovated State Gym.
  • Suite-style dorm housing located extremely close to the camp facility and is a fun experience for team bonding – view accommodations here.
  • Elite NDA Curriculum offered.
  • Master Class taught by an active member of the professional dance industry! Learn more about our NDA Master Instructors – here.
  • For more information, contact Jill Petersen at jpetersen@varsity.com.

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Location Tips

  • It’s amazing how the dancers feed off of each other at this camp. No matter the time of day they are always energetic, attentive, and eager to learn. – Malorie
  • Great camp for any level team. NDA offers beginner through Elite level material and training. – Megan
  • Bring a water bottle to refill at hydration stations and a sweat towel to wipe up your “glow”. Camp can be hard work, so be prepared! And always remember – #theworkisworthit – Kenzie

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Featuring 2019 Master Instructor, Markus Shields!

  • Since his first class at age 18, Markus Shields developed an instant passion for dance and choreography. Thus, just one year later, he began creating award-winning numbers for a nationally competitive audience.
  • Markus migrated from the Midwest to LA and has since built working relationships with choreographers Wade Robson, Tricia Miranda, Frank Gatson, Parris Goebel, Nancy Omeara, Jae Blaze and more. He has also become a regular teacher at Debbie Reynold’s Dance Studio, IDA Hollywood, Edge PAC and Boogiezone.
  • While represented by Bloc Talent Agency as a dancer/choreographer he has starred in ads for JW Marriott, Amtrak and choreographed a commercial for eBay as well.
  • Shields has also performed onstage and on camera alongside Mariah Carey, Chris Brown, Will Smith, Kelis, 50 Cent, Lil Mama, and assisted/embarked on two World Tours with Latin Pop Icon, Chayanne!
  • In addition, he has become an international master instructor throughout North and South America and has his sights set on Europe and Asia in 2019.

  • 2020 Master Instructor coming soon!

Testimonials from Camp

"'We are walking away from camp excited for our season ahead, knowing ourselves and our team better than we have before. Members of our team who have been dancing together for 4 years now are leaving with knowledge they never knew about those team members before. We have grown as leaders, both the team and myself and our assistant coach. We are leaving with skills, technique and dances we could not learn at any other camp. NDA, truly is the best camp a dance team can attend and we are very thankful for that.'" Coach GrahamNewton High School
"'As a coach, I loved the material that the coaches got out of our meetings. I also just love the atmosphere of NDA camp. Our head instructor made everyone feel so comfortable, and you could tell she not only cared about every team, but she put her heart and soul into everything NDA! I have been to 7 camps as a student, college student, and now coach, and the staff here was BY FAR one of the best I have come across!!'" Coach KelseyNorwalk High School
"'The camp curriculum was beyond great, and the NDA staff members were fantastic. My girls had a wonderful time learning from the best of the best and growing and bonding as a team!'" Coach SamanthaDavenport West High School

Camp Notes

Camp Theme


Greatness can be portrayed in many ways, including becoming a leader, helping others, or inspiring the feeling of spirit. Since 1976 NDA has pursued our mission of empowering great athletes and building strong teams.

Join us this year to discover how to pursue your greatness.

What to Bring

  • A great attitude!
  • Camp Wear
  • Dance Shoes
  • Water Bottle
  • Fun Day Outfit – see below for ideas on what to wear!

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What to Wear

We want to see how your team PURSUES GREATNESS at NDA Summer Camp!

Here are some ideas on what to wear for fun day:

  • What you want to be when you grow up
  • Great historical figures or heroes
  • Role models or trailblazers
  • Landmarks or monuments
  • Someone you admire
  • Great celebrities
  • Olympic teams
  • USA

Team Up for St. Jude

Since 2011, Varsity Spirit has raised over $6.5 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital because of cheerleading teams just like yours – through game days, donation letters, and online fundraising. Join the fight and pre-order your letters for NDA Summer Camp today!

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Required Forms & FAQs

Come into NDA Summer Camp fully prepared! Access required forms and read through our frequently asked questions before coming to camp.

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