The Albany Empire Empress Dance Team Move Into The Armory With a New Name: The Albany Emeralds Hype Squad

The Albany Emeralds Hype Squad will rebrand and expand to complement the Albany Patroons’ 2020 season.

ALBANY, N.Y. (Dec. 3, 2019) — The Albany Patroons, the 2019 TBL Champions, are proud to announce the formation of the new Albany Emeralds hype squad, made up from the former Albany Empire’s Empress dance team.

The change came about after the dissolving of the Albany Empire in efforts to continue showing support for the Albany Patroons and city pride. The team will now focus on engaging with fans both in the Armory during games and throughout the Capital Region community.

According to Emerald Team Manager Danielle Rojas, The Emeralds will be unique with the creation of a co-ed Hype Squad. The Emeralds will hold open auditions on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. at the Washington Avenue Armory — 195 Washington Avenue in Albany. The audition fee is $20 and pre-registration is not required. A final audition is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 20 at 7 p.m., location to be announced. Media, fans, family and friends are encouraged to attend the final audition which will be judged live.

Fans can expect to see professionally choreographed routines by the dancers. With the intimate Armory setting, Rojas said the Emeralds will focus on fan interaction through on and off court activity on game days.

The Emeralds share the Patroons’ mission of community engagement and will work alongside the Patroons with their ongoing community efforts. They will visit local schools and be present at community events to engage fans, communicate the Patroons message and generate excitement all season long.

“We were deeply saddened when we received the news of the AFL and the Empire shutting down,” said Rojas, “but when one door closes, another opened! We love our city and are so excited to have the opportunity to continue to entertain Albany sports fans with the Patroons!”

For more audition information call Danielle at (518) 937–3359 or visit


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