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Gael Dancers

Iona College Dance Team
Founded in 1998, the Gaels Dancers function as an entertainment group that prepares dance routines for performances at Iona’s sporting and social events. The Gael Dancers consist of 20 talented dancers with various dance backgrounds. The team performs at all home 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 basketball season in March, the Dance Team members travel with the basketball teams to the MAAC tournament. The dance team practices three times a week, perfecting dance routines with their coach and captains. The dance routines consist of jazz, hip-hop, pom and kickline. The members also dedicate time by participating in service projects.
 

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

  • Relay for Life - Dance team 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 with a lot of School Spirit!

Date: Saturday, September 9, 2017
Location: Hynes Athletics Center, Hegarty Room
Time: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 
 
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 Becky Lundgren or Captain Chelsea Gillespie at ionacollegedance@gmail.com.

Executive Board:

Captains: Becky Lundgren and Chelsea Gillespie
Secretary: Alyssa Sheridan
Treasurer: Priscilla D’Amore
Choreography Chair: Alyssa Burt
 
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 Dance Team Program Advisor Joseph Scribani at jscribani@iona.edu.