Spirit Support

Dance Team

The Hofstra University Dance Team (HUDT) is an exciting and competitive collegiate dance team that performs at University athletic events as well as other events held on and off campus. The members of the team support the Hofstra athletic programs and promote general school spirit. HUDT has developed into one of the premier college dance programs in the United States and currently holds 8 National Championships and 1 World Championship.  Due to the team's demanding schedule, they dedicate approximately 18 hours per week toward practice, athletic events, University events, technique, and weight/strength training.

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Dance Team
 

Meet the Dance Team

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Canne;lla
Amanda Cannella
Wantagh, New York
Freshman
Years on team: 1
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Cascone
Isabella Cascone
Wantagh, New York
Freshman
Years on team: 1
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Cohan
Gianna Cohan
Captain
King's Park, New York
Junior
Years on team: 3
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Dazza
Isabella Dazza
Midland Park, New Jersey
Freshman
Years on team: 1
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DeCaro
Francesca DeCaro
North Andover, Massachusetts
Senior
Years on team: 3
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DiBlasi
Teresa DiBlasi
Brooklyn, New York
Junior
Years on team: 3
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Fauser
Jason Fauser
Captain
East Northport, New York
Senior
Years on team: 4
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Galante
Olivia Galante
Massapequa, New York
Freshman
Years on team: 1
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Gatto
Josie Gatto
Wantagh, New York
Senior
Years on team: 4
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Graizzaro
Lauren Graizzaro
Hillsdale, New Jersey
Senior
Years on team: 4
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Ippoliti
Victoria Ippoliti
Seaford, New York
Sophomore
Years on team: 2
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Kavanagh
Erin Kavanagh
Bridgewater, New Jersey
Freshman
Years on team: 1
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Lassen
Maryellen Lassen
Brooklyn, New York
Freshman
Years on team: 1
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LoBue
Bella LoBue
Staten Island, New York
Freshman
Years on team: 1
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LoRe
Marina LoRe
Davidsonville, Maryland
Sophomore
Years on team: 2
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Marinelli
Gabriella Marinelli
Staten Island, New York
Freshman
Years on team: 1
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Oliver
Amy Oliver
Hamilton, New Jersey
Junior
Years on team: 3
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Palmese
Johnna Palmese
Branford, Connecticut
Freshman
Years on team: 1
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Pereira
Allie Pereira
Lindenhurst, New York
Senior
Years on team: 4
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Quinn
Danielle Quinn
Smithtown, New York
Freshman
Years on team: 1
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Rodgers
Caitlin Rodgers
Captain
Ronkonkoma, New York
Senior
Years on team: 4


Dance Team Coaches

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Olsen

Kelly Olsen-Leon
Head Dance Team Coach
Hofstra, 2003, 2007

B.A. in Elementary Education and Mathematics from Hofstra University, M.A. in Math, Science, Technology from Hofstra University, Head Coach of the 7-Time National Champion, 2016 World Champion, and 2017 Pan-American Champion Hofstra University Dance Team, Mathematics Teacher at West Islip School District, former Head Coach of the West Islip Varsity Kickline, former Owner and Director of Gravity Dance All-Stars, former Head Coach of the Nationally Ranked Bellport High School Dance Team, former Captain and four-year member of the Nationally Ranked Hofstra University Dance Team, former Universal Dance Association Head Instructor, former Head Coach of the New York Cosmos Girls, Judge for Regional, State, and National competitions, Choreographer/Consultant for high school and college dance teams and dance studios.

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Olsen

Kristen Olsen
Volunteer Assistant Dance Team Coach
Hofstra, 2010

B.A. in Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education and Psychology from Hofstra University, M.A. in Special Education from St. Joseph’s College, Volunteer Assistant Coach of the National Champion Hofstra University Dance Team, Special Education Teacher in NYCDOE- Queens, former four-year member of the New York Cosmos Girls, former Head Coach of the Nationally Ranked Long Island University-Post Dance Team, former Head Coach of the Nationally Ranked Bellport High School Dance Team, former four-year member of the Nationally Ranked Hofstra University Dance Team, former Head Coach of the Bellport Middle School Dance Team, former Owner and Director of Gravity Dance All-Stars.

National Championships

2021

Division 1 Pom National Champions (Virtual)

2019

Division 1 Pom National Champions

2018

Division 1 Pom National Champions

World University Pom Gold Medalists

Pan-American Games Pom Gold Medalists

2017

Division 1 Pom National Champions

Worlds University Doubles Pom Gold Medalists

2016

Division 1 Pom National Champions

World University Pom Gold Medalists

World University Doubles Pom Gold Medalists

ICU Worlds Pom Gold Medalists (US National Team)

2013

Division 1 Hip Hop National Champions

World University Jazz Doubles Gold Medalists

2012

Division 1 Hip Hop National Champions

World University Jazz Gold Medalists

World University Doubles Jazz Gold Medalists

2006

Division 1 Hip Hop National Champions

Clinics and Auditions

2021-2022 HUDT Audition Process

  • Step 1: Register and attend one of our Prep Clinics.
  • Step 2: Submit Audition Application by Sunday March 14th.
  • Step 3: Attend our recruitment clinic on Saturday April 3rd 10 am-8 pm.

Email Coach Kelly at kelly.olsen@hofstra.edu with any questions or for more information!

Download Audition Application Download Audition Waiver

  • SPRING 2021 VIRTUAL RECRUITMENT CLINICS
    Saturday April 3rd 11 am-6:30 pm EST
    Cost: $20 per style or $50 for the entire day, per dancer
    Registration open until Wednesday March 31st
    Register

Email Coach Kelly at kelly.olsen@hofstra.edu with any questions or for more information!

Dancers participating must complete a participation waiver and bring it to the clinic!

Interested in a camp or clinic with the Hofstra University Dance Team? We can even come to you! Our camp and/or clinic can be created around your needs! Contact us for more information!

Contact Us

Head Dance Team Coach

Kelly Olsen-Leon
Hofstra Fitness Center
235 Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549