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Gael Dancers


Founded in 1998, the Gael Dancers (Dance Team) functions as an entertainment group that prepares dance routines for performances at Iona’s sporting and social events. The Gael Dancers consists of 20 talented dancers with various dance backgrounds. The team performs at all homes games for the men’s and women’s basketball teams, as well as other events on campus including Maroon Madness, Homecoming, and Home for the Holidays. At the end of the season in March, Dance Team members travel with the basketball teams to the MAAC Tournament. The team practices three times a week, perfecting dance routines with their coach and captains. The dance routines can be described as jazz funk, a style of jazz technique, and hip-hop combined. The members also dedicate time by participating in service projects that support Breast Cancer Awareness and Prevention.
 

Highlights:

Dance Team Participation and Performances:
  • Perform at all home basketball games
  • MAAC Basketball Tournament
  • Co-Sponsor Gael Gates and Pre-Game Receptions
  • Maroon Madness Performance
  • Homecoming Spirit Exhibition Performance
  • Home for the Holidays - Tree Lighting Performance

  • Open House (Fall)
  • Accepted Students Day (Spring)
     
Participate in fundraising and community service:
  • Breast Cancer Walk

  • IonaTHON
  • Relay for Life
 

Practices:

The dance team practices three times a week:
  • Tuesdays: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Thursdays: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Sundays: 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Additional practices may be required before performances.
 

Dance Team Tryouts:

The Iona College Dance Team is looking for talented dancers (both men and women) with a lot of School Spirit!

Date: Saturday, September 10, 2016
Location: Hynes Athletics Center, Hegarty Room/Dance Studio
Time: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. (approximately) 
 
Choreography will be taught on the day of auditions. Dancers will also have the opportunity to showcase their skills in a freestyle round. Prior dance experience is preferred. Dancers auditioning should wear appropriate footwear and comfortable clothes. Please bring a copy of your medical physical which is necessary for participation on the Dance Team. Dancers should also bring water and a snack, and most importantly, energy!
 
Tryout Requirements:
  • Experience in Jazz, Hip-Hop and Technical skills (Tumbling is a plus)
  • Ability to pick up material quickly
  • Commitment and dedication to the team
  • A skill that showcases flexibility
  • Enthusiasm and energy
For more information about tryouts, contact Captain Kristie Botti at kbotti1@gaels.iona.edu.

Executive Board:

President/Captain: Kristie Botti
Vice President/Co Captain: Rebecca Lundgren and Chelsea Gillespie
Secretary: Alexandra Cox
Treasurer: Roseanne Lesser
 
Positions are filled at the end of the season. Any team member, in good academic and disciplinary standing, may express interest in one of the spots available.

Contact:

If you have any questions about the team or tryouts, please contact the Captain of Iona College Dance Team, Kristie Botti at kbotti1@gaels.iona.edu.