Former Ironmen Dancer Spent Last Season with the Knicks City Dancers
Gradella will lead the Ironmen Dancers after a season as a Knicks City Dancer (Photo by Dazzle Photography)
Newark, N.J. (Thursday, June 4, 2009) – With the 2009-10 season right around the corner, the New Jersey Ironmen formally announced Amanda Gardella as their new Director of the Ironmen Dancers today. A former Ironmen Dancer herself, Gardella spent this past season at Madison Square Garden as one of the renowned Knicks City Dancers.
“Everything in the past year has definitely happened really fast, and I am thrilled that this opportunity came about,” Gardella commented. “Everything happens for a reason, and I am ready to give 150% of my heart and soul into this. Look for us to do big things!”
A native of Middlesex, New Jersey, Gardella has been dancing since the age of 10 and has been teaching dance at the Broadway Dance Theatre in North Plainfield for the past seven years. She has additionally been choreographing in competitive dance for the past four years. Not only was she one of the original Ironmen Dancers during their inaugural 2007-08 season, but she also spent that year with the Sirens, the official dance team of the New York Titans of the National Lacrosse League. After making her way through a talent pool of over 500 hopefuls during two days of trials last summer, Gardella earned her way into the National Basketball Association as a member of the Knicks City Dancers in Manhattan.
“The Knicks built the foundation that will enable me to lead this dance team to success,” she remarked. “Making the Knicks needed to happen for me to gain the knowledge and experience for this opportunity, and I am very grateful for my time with them.”
With auditions tentatively scheduled for August, Gardella has already begun developing her vision for the Ironmen Dancers.
“I plan on us having high energy performances, and I guarantee great entertainment at every game,” she stated. “In addition to being professional and talented dancers, I am looking for girls that will be committed to the development of the community. I want us to not only represent the Ironmen well, but I also want us to have a strong connection with both the fans and the entire community.”
As developments regarding the Ironmen Dancers continue to happen, check www.njironmen.com for all future announcements.
On tap for this summer, the 2009 Ironmen soccer camp program will kick off in late June and run through the end of August. Space is limited for Ironmen camp registration, and the team has created a special website for their camp programs on the web at www.njironmen.com/camps. The camp website offers information and the summer schedule, as well as the convenience of completing the entire registration process online. All campers this summer will receive an Ironmen soccer ball, t-shirt and two tickets to their 2009 home opener this fall, and camps are open to all types of skill levels and players age 4-16. As a special incentive, all campers that register prior to June 15th will now receive an immediate $5 discount off the $149 registration fee as well as an Ironmen water bottle, while supplies last. Any clubs or townships that are interested in hosting a camp still have the opportunity to do so, and they can call the Ironmen camp hotline at 973-757-6323 to discuss the details further.
Training is also available for travel clubs this summer with commitments of at least 10 campers. The cost for each camper is $129, and each training session will be conducted for two hours a day over a period of five concurrent days. The age of campers can range from 8-16, and each participant will receive an Ironmen camp t-shirt. Teams must provide the field, water and balls for the training sessions, and the Ironmen will always have at least one professional player on location for every day of the camp. Coaches that would like to schedule a travel camp can call 973-757-6323 today for additional information.
The Ironmen have now opened the sale of 2009-10 season tickets, and all seating sections are now available for submittal of a $50 deposit. Fans that would like to reserve their seats for the upcoming season can click the 09-10 season ticket icon on the Ironmen home page (www.njironmen.com), or they can also call Mike Milich, Ironmen Ticket Sales Manager, at 973-757-6322.