Arena Football Returns to Albany, New York in 2018


ALBANY - The Arena Football League's newest franchise will be hosting Dance Team Open Auditions on 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 fans at home games at the Times Union Center, but they represent the organization through appearances at team and community events, partner events and much more.

The Team has hired Edwina McCormick as the Head Choreographer. 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 AFL Team as the dance choreographer," said McCormick. "I cannot wait for the dance team to entertain fans during home games and within the community."

Interested in signing up for the audition? A pre-registration fee of $20 can be applied by registering at 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.

Participants will be taught a routine and do not need to prepare their own. Applicants will be judge on dance ability, appearance, personality and attitude. All are encouraged to audition.

Parking will be available in the Market Street Garage for $5 per vehicle.

For questions regarding further information on the auditions or the Choreographer, please contact Sara Biancosino, Gameday Operations Manager –

About Albany AFL

The Arena Football League's newest franchise, Albany AFL 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 AFL 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, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Tampa Bay 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.