2018 Inaugural Season Presented by

ALBANY EMPIRE DANCE TEAM AUDITIONS THIS SATURDAY

Edwina McCormick as Choreographer

ALBANY, NY - The Albany Empire will be hosting Dance Team Open Auditions this Saturday, February 3rd, 2018 at the Albany Capital Center on 55 Eagle Street, Albany NY 12207. Registration for the audition is at 8 a.m. and the audition begins promptly at 9 a.m. The auditions are open to high school graduates of at least 18 years of age with any dance experience.

The Dance Team is a pivotal part of the organization. They not only perform routines to entertain Albany Empire fans at home games at the Times Union Center, but they represent the organization through appearances at team, community and partner events.

The Empire Dance Team will be led by Head Choreographer, Edwina McCormick. McCormick has been dancing for over 20 years and Choreographing for over 10 years. She was a member of her high school cheer and dance team and a competitive dancer on her college dance team. Edwina's professional dance experience includes Arena Football, CBA, NBDL and the NBA (member of the Miami Heat dance team). She is an experienced Hip Hop Teacher at various studios and college dance programs. Edwina has also trained under numerous choreographers who have performed and/or choreographed for Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Flo Rida and Pitbull. Currently she teaches hip hop and coaches a local college competitive dance team where she works as the Business Manager for the Division of Student Life.

"I am very excited to join the Albany Empire as the dance choreographer," said McCormick. "I cannot wait for the dance team to entertain fans during home games and within the community."

The Albany Empire is seeking the top dance talent in the Capital Region! Participants will be taught a routine and do not need to prepare their own. Applicants will be judged on dance ability, appearance, personality and attitude. All are encouraged to audition. Once open auditions are concluded, the judges panel will narrow down their choices for the team. These remaining selections will undergo a two-day boot camp with McCormick, and semi-finalist interviews, leading up to the final event on date to be announced when the 2018 team will be revealed.

Interested in signing up for the audition? A pre-registration fee of $20 can be applied using PayPal at TheAlbanyEmpire.com/team/dancers before Friday, February 2nd at 3 p.m. Registration after that day and time will require an application fee of $25 (cash or cashier's check only). Dancers are required to wear two-piece dance wear, including midriff top, lycra shorts and appropriate footwear. Please arrive to the Albany Capital Center by 8 a.m. to register. The audition will begin promptly at 9 a.m.

Parking will be available in the Albany Capital Center Garage located at 7 Wendell Street for $5 per vehicle.

For questions regarding further information on the auditions or the Choreographer, please contact Sara Biancosino, Gameday Operations Manager – Sbiancosino@TheAlbanyEmpire.com.

Albany Empire 2018 Inaugural Season Presented By CDPHP.

About Albany Empire

The Arena Football League's newest franchise, The Albany Empire will begin play in Spring 2018 at the Times Union Center. Season memberships for the inaugural 2018 season are on sale now. For tickets, contact the Albany Empire sales department at (518) 533-2200 or by going to TheAlbanyEmpire.com. Follow the team on Facebook at facebook.com/TheAlbanyEmpire and Twitter at twitter.com/Albany_Empire.

About Arena Football League

The Arena Football League will enter its 31st Season in 2018. Since its inception in 1987, the Arena Football League has showcased a fast-paced and exciting game to millions of fans in a myriad of markets across the country. Teams slated for 2018 include: Albany, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C. CBS Sports Network nationally broadcasts AFL games each week, culminating with the ArenaBowl. The AFL launched AFLNow, the League's streaming "Over-the-Top" network to give fans even more access to the League on arenafootball.com. For all the latest news and discussion on the Arena Football League follow the AFL on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (@aflarenaball)

About Times Union Center

Albany's Times Union Center, formerly Pepsi Arena, continues to have great success. Renamed in January 2007, the The Times Union Center is "Upstate New York's Premier Sports and Entertainment Facility. Owned by Albany County and operated by SMG, the world's largest private management firm for public assembly facilities, the Times Union Center has an adaptable seating capacity between 6,000 and 17,500. Since Frank Sinatra christened the building on January 30, 1990, more than seven million patrons have walked through the turnstiles. As a multi-purpose facility, the Times Union Center has hosted a variety of events, including concerts, family shows and sporting events, averaging 165 events each year.

About CDPHP ®

Established in 1984, CDPHP is a physician-founded, member-focused and community-based not-for-profit health plan that offers high-quality affordable health insurance plans to members in 24 counties throughout New York. CDPHP is also on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Instagram

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