If you’ve ever been to Midnight Madness, you have probably been entertained by the Quinnipiac Kickline. Their high kicks and fast-paced dance moves will get any crowd on their feet, and their talent is certainly taking the team far.
The Kickline, comprised of 18 girls ranging from freshmen to seniors, was started in 1999 by former Quinnipiac student Rachel Fass. The team debuted in the fall of 2001 at Midnight Madness. They began performing during men’s basketball games as well. Although the team made a big splash in its first two years, it continued to change and grow bigger than ever.
One of the first changes occurred in the spring of 2002 when the team held its first tryouts. They also began performing more often, getting crowds riled up at men and women’s home basketball games, Hip Hop Night, fundraisers and the lighting of the Christmas tree by the Student Center.
For all the team has accomplished, it’s hard to imagine what more they could possibly do. Just this past March, however, the team competed in the Long Island Scholastic Kickline Competition, winning second place out of five college teams.
“I couldn’t be prouder of the team,” said senior public relations major Amanda Ciurelo. “I really feel like I’m leaving on a high note.”
The Kickline practices two hours, three days a week in the studios upstairs in the gym. Like most of the dance teams, they are overlooked by Tami Reilly, but are unique in the fact that they have no coach. Instead, the team relies on four team captains, including senior Ariane Nievera.
“It’s hard sometimes because we know the girls personally, but we also have to step out and be leaders,” explained the physical assistant major. “It’s a lot of work, but so much fun.”
Since its humble beginnings six years ago, the Kickline has accomplished many things and have set high goals for themselves. From competing more in New England, getting more recognition with the school and working up to competing at a national level, future teams will certainly be very busy.
If you are interested in learning more about the Kickline, visit the official Quinnipiac athletics’ Web site and watch for tryouts next September.