ICDC Award Winners

Each year, ICDC selects four award winners to be honored at the Cheer and Dance State Tournament. Winners are selected from all members of ICDC and based on a criteria that includes: school support, community involvement, program growth, longevity, and success, and portrays overall positivity for dancers, cheerleaders, and our state. 
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icon2019 Award Winners

Dance Coach of the Year:  Kami Sondrup

Kami Sondrup is a dance professional and fitness instructor with an extensive backgroundShe began dancing at age 4 and was on toe (ballet) at age 11. She was a member of her high school dance team, drill mistress and choreographer for her junior college team, and attended the University Of Utah where she majored in dance and was a member of a local dance troupe. From 1991 to 1995 she owned and operated a dance studio in Idaho Falls. From 1995 to 2000 she coached the Hillcrest High School Knightline dance/drill teams that were very successful. In 2011 she returned to Hillcrest to coach the team again. In 2018 she moved to Thunder Ridge High School where she now coaches the Odyssey Dance/Drill team. Her teams have qualified for state the past 6 years and competed in a national competition.

She loves creating a positive dance program that will benefit many students. She wants to keep the dance programs in schools alive and make it fun. She wants to teach not only dance, but also teach life skills like hard work and dedication, and create positive experiences that will benefit students beyond high school. “If I can impact one student’s life for the better, I have achieved greatness.”

Cheer Coach of the Year: Shannon Cloud 

Shannon Cloud was a cheerleader from the 6th grade through my senior year of high school. She was a part of the Jazz Dance Team at Eastern Washington University. I have been head coach of the St. Maries High School Cheer Squad for the past 14 years.  She started the cheer team as a competitive squad in 2005-2006. She has been teaching Special Education for thirty years. She took on the challenge of coaching the cheer team because she wanted to build a competitive cheer program at St. Maries High School. The team has participated in 13 state competitions. Throughout the years, the St. Maries Cheer team has earned several state trophies

She strongly believes in building through team bonding. The team participated in a summer sleepover and team campfire. We hold a camp at the beginning of the season. At this camp, the team wrote notes to their future self of their hopes and dreams for the season; they placed it in a team treasure chest to be read before districts and state. We have several team dinners, exchange crazy socks at Christmas, and exchanged crazy candy cups at the beginning of basketball season. These activities have resulted in a cohesive, collaborative team. The job of St. Maries Cheer Squad has been a very enjoyable and fulfilling experience. She is there for the team because she is 100% supportive of cheer as a sport and as a valuable life experience.

Hall of Fame – Blair Taylor-Folsom

Blair Taylor-Folsom studied all forms of dance and gymnastics throughout his early years and went on to BYU-Idaho where he traveled and performed throughout the United States and Europe with the American Folk Dance Touring Company.  Blair owned and operated his own studio, Mountain River Dance Company, for 11 years and was the dance/drill coach at South Fremont High School for 4 years and received numerous national titles.  He is currently the director of BElieve in YOUrself Dancers Challenge.  He has been an adjudicator for the past 24 years.  He has been certified with the Utah Dance Judge Association, Utah High School Athletic Association, Idaho High School Athletic Association and has judged for great organizations such as Dance America, America on Stage, Missouri State Dance Championships and Contest of Champions at Walt Disney World.  He makes his home in Island Park, Idaho with his husband of 18 years.  They have 4 children and two and a ½ very spoiled grandchildren.