The Albany Empire announced Cristina Uzzo as the new coach of the Empire dance team and that they will be holding tryouts for the upcoming season. Tryouts will be held virtually and submissions are open until Tuesday, May 11th.

"I'm so excited for this new adventure! I've been dancing for as long as I can remember so I'm thrilled to share my experience and flare with our future team. This announcement gives our fans one more thing to cheer for at the upcoming games so I'm glad we can bring that to the table" said head coach, Cristina Uzzo, who has 35 years of dance experience under her belt.  Uzzo is no stranger to the arena football life. She began her arena career with the Albany Conquest Treasures Dance Team, where she was a member from from 2002-2005. She is currently a dance instructor and competition dance teacher for jazz, hip-hop, and lyrical dance. She is also the owner of two local businesses, CMP Photography and Cristina's Costumes.  

Dance team tryouts are open to all aspiring performers 18 and over. Submissions require a head shot, full body shot, brief description of any dance experience, and a one minute improv video to showcase ability, style, and flexibility. Video should include a split, kick, leap, leg hold, and any other unique talents.  Any interested performers can send their submissions to albanyempresses@albanyempirenal.com to be considered.

Tickets for the upcoming season are currently on sale at https://www.albanyempirenal.com/season-tickets or by calling the Times Union Center Box Office at 518-487-2085. Season tickets are available for purchase in pods of 2 or 4. Single game tickets are not available at this time. The season kicks off at home on Saturday, May 29th vs. the Ontario Bandits.