Molloy College Dance Team: Road To Success
By Janine Baron | MolloyLife Media | News Content Editor
The Molloy College Dance Team, or MCDT as it known for short, is one of four club sports that fall under Molloy's Department of Athletics. The 2018-19 team has fifteen members: fourteen women and 1 man, all from various majors and different academic levels.
The Molloy College Dance Team performs timeout and halftime routines at both the men and women's home basketball games. The team practices twice a week, perfecting their routines. MCDT has also performed in the Make-A-Wish Showcase, marched in the NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade, and performed at the Long Island Ducks games. The members support the Molloy Athletic Department by participating in community service events such as Sponsor-A-Family, and Night out with the Lions.
While members of MCDT have experience in a variety of different dance concentrations, the team uses four different styles throughout the duration of the season: Pom, Jazz, Hip-Hop, and Kick. These routines are meant to be both crowd-pleasing and entertaining. The most challenging part of being a member of the dance team is learning new tricks. Members practice to perform difficult and high-level tricks such as triple turns, turns in second, and headsprings. Co-coach Katie Moltz, who has worked with the team for the past four years said, "the team works tirelessly to improve their techniques and perfect routines as a whole." Under Coach Katie's guidance, the team plans to push themselves both physically and mentally as they improve their stamina, and learn new skills.
Last spring, MCDT competed for the first time in the team's history. The Interscholastic Kickline Competition, held at Nassau Community College, was MCDT's first time at a competition. In the collegiate division, MCDT went up against UConn Dance Team and the Nassau Community College Dance Team. They competed in two categories: Open and Jazz. The team placed second in both categories. This win inspired the team to work harder and to attempt to participate in more competitive divisions.
When asked about the growth of the team, Junior MCDT member, Samantha Amato, who has been a team member for 3 years stated, "the team has definitely come a long way in the past two years. We have grown as dancers, and everyone has all worked so hard, and the success of the team is only going up from here!" A newcomer to MCDT, freshman John DelGenio said, "my first season as a member of MCDT has gone so well! I feel I've grown so much not only as a dancer but a person too. This team has brought me so many friends and memories that I'll carry with me throughout the rest of my time at Molloy and the rest of my life."
Having the opportunity to participate competitively is the longtime dream of a former member now coach, Alexandra Diaz. Coach Ali has "seen this team grow over the years and each year, we just keep getting better and better." Coach Katie is so proud of our team this year and cannot wait for MCDT to represent Molloy College in the competitive dance world in the near future.