Iona University Dance Team

The Iona University Dance Team is the official dance team under Iona University Performing Arts. Serving as a fundamental part of Iona University, the team promotes Gael Spirit at many events including men’s and women’s basketball games and the MAAC Tournament. In addition, the team plays an integral role in the Iona University community by performing at Homecoming and participating in other events throughout Westchester. As of 2023, the Iona University Dance Team a national competing team. They compete at UDA Nationals in Orlando, Florida.

The dance team on the steps of McSpedon with Iona University banners.
The dance team perform at the nationals in Orlando, Florida.
The dance team after a basketball game and Gaels Win is displayed on the banners.
The dance team outside of the North Ave. entrance.


Dance Team Participation and Performances

  • UDA Nationals in Orlando, Florida
  • Perform at all home basketball games
  • MAAC Basketball Tournament
  • Co-Sponsor Gael Gates and Pre-Game Receptions
  • Homecoming Spirit Exhibition Performance
  • Home for the Holidays
  • Relay for Life
  • Open House (Fall)
  • Accepted Students Day (Spring)

Fundraising and Community Service

  • Breast Cancer Walk
  • IonaTHON
  • Relay for Life
  • Hospitality Supper


The dance team practices three times a week:

  • Tuesdays: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Thursdays: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Sundays: 5-8 p.m.

Additional practices may be required before performances.

Times are subject to change.

Dance Team Tryouts

Tryouts are open to incoming freshmen and current students. Pre-registration is required here.

Spring Tryouts

Date: Sunday, April 16, 2023
Location: Hynes Athletics Center, Hegarty Room
Time: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (arrive at least 15 minutes before)

Fall Tryouts

Date: Saturday, September 9, 2023
Location: Hynes Athletics Center, Hegarty Room
Time: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (arrive at least 15 minutes before)

Tryout Requirements

  • Complete the below registration form
  • Form fitting black dance clothing
  • Jazz shoes & Sneakers
  • Hair and makeup - glamorous, clean and professional
  • Current headshot photo
  • Proof of passed physical in the last calendar year in order to participate.

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 should be able to execute intermediate to advanced level turns, leaps, and kicks as well as performance skills.


Dance Team members should attain the necessary athletic skills, team oriented and have school spirit. Members must be dedicated to representing the school and their team in a professional manner. Being a part of the Dance Team is a rewarding and fun experience, but also comes with a commitment to ALL practices, games, performances, and monthly team bonding and community service events.


  • Instagram: @ionadanceteam
  • TikTok: @ionadanceteam


Contact head coach Kristie Botti or for more information.