The Queens College Dance Team continues to provide the sports team with support and cheering while still maintaining a high caliber in their own events.
“The Queens College Dance Team is a nationally ranked team that travels to nationals in Daytona, Florida every spring to compete against other dance teams from all around the world,” assistant coach Alana Ceremeli said.
The Dance Team, which started in 2004, has enjoyed multiple victories with their current coaching staff consisting of Shaw Garnier, as the head coach, and Ceremeli.
From July 26 to 28, the dance team attended the 2015 Boston University Dance Camp, where they placed third. Securing them with the bronze, and paid bid to the national competition next spring.
Besides participating in competitions or cheering on the basketball teams, the dance team also holds technique clinics for those interested in performing during Welcome Day at the beginning of the school year. They also have some community service events.
The feats the team accomplish comes from a combination of their passion for what they do, and their incredible work ethic.
“Every member brings something special to the dance team. We have girls that excel in technique, turning, jumping, and community outreach. Our team is like a puzzle, and if one piece is missing, it cannot be complete,” Ceremeli said. “The dance team practices four to five days a week so they spend a lot of time with one another. Without the bonds and friendships on the team, we could never be as successful as we are.”
In last year’s spring tournament, which took place at Daytona Beach, the dance team placed second in the team performance, which is the highest the team has ever placed. The team is not contended to rest on their laurels and hope to win first place this year.
The spring national tournament is home to over 5,000 student athletes from all over the world. With that amount of competition, the dance team holds try outs every year around the end of April or the beginning of May, based on the coach. They welcome all who wish to try out and become part of their winning tradition.
However, before all of this, the dance team will be cheering on the Queens College’s team at their next home games during half-time and encourage all the students to come and show their support.