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Dance Team to be Called the "Albany Empresses"

ALBANY, NY - The Albany Empire of the Arena Football League hosted their Dance Team Finals event tonight at Jupiter Hall inside of Lucky Strike at Crossgates Mall. In addition to selecting the team members, the Empire also announced the name of the Dance Team as, "The Albany Empresses."

The 22 dancers that made it through auditions, boot camp and business style interviews auditioned in one final event to make the Albany Empresses.  The dancers performed in front of season ticket members, sponsors, VIP guests and a panel of celebrity judges.  The judges panel was comprised of: Tatiana LaPlante of Q103 Albany; Steven Cantara of PYX 106; Meredith McNeil and Chad O'Hara of B95.5; Jake Allen of Fly 92.3; Lexi Nahl of News 10; and Emily DeFeciani of CBS 6.

Dancing two at a time, the dancers performed the routine they had been practicing throughout audition process with Head Choreographer, Edwina McCormick.  After the final wave of judging, 17 women were named to the Albany Empresses.  These women are all from the Capital Region, spanning from towns such as; Clifton Park, Ballston Spa, Latham, Niskayuna, etc.

"From open auditions, to boot camp and now the Dance Team Finals, it's all been so exciting!" said McCormick.  "I can't wait to get to work with this group of extremely personable, talented and beautiful women."

Playing a key role in the Empire organization, the Empresses are not only the forefront of the entertainment experience at home games at the Times Union Center, but an extension of the Albany Empire in the community. They will represent the organization through appearances at team, community and partner events throughout the entire Empire season as well as the off season.

"The Albany Empresses will serve as ambassadors to the team and be prominent in the community," said George Manias, Vice President of Business Operations.  "These women were chosen to be much more than what will be seen at home games, and we are confident that we selected a great group of women to best represent the team and organization, both on and off the field."

Vent Fitness in Guilderland will be the "Official Practice Facility of the Albany Empresses."  The team will practice twice a week, at Vent, in preparation for their first game day performance on April 14th at the Times Union Center.

Fans can secure their season tickets for the Albany Empire's inaugural season now by calling 518-533-2200 or by going to  A team representative will contact those that purchased season tickets within 24 business hours to select their specific seats.  Flex packs and inaugural game Family Four Packs also on sale now at!

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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 Follow the team on Facebook at and Twitter at

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 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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