Thirteen may just be the lucky number for the Pensacola Ice Flyers this season. The Ice Flyers have announced the addition of a dance team, appropriately known as The Flight Attendants, who will perform at all 28 home games and assist in promoting the team in the community. The 13 dancers are currently practicing hard for the upcoming season and are poised to become a valuable addition to the team culture.
Aaron Epstein, director of marketing and business development and game presentation for the hockey team, contacted captain Jessica Jensen with the idea of organizing and leading the charter dance team for the Ice Flyers.
“We wanted an opportunity to engage fans, old and new, in the promotions and events happening at the games and provide them with classic, fun entertainment for the whole family,” Epstein said.
Auditions were held in September and Jensen had high expectations for the future Flight Attendants. “I wanted to build a team of women who understood the value of philanthropy and community service while demonstrating the qualities necessary to be a role model,” she explained.
The team will be led by one of Pensacola’s rising young stars. Jensen began her professional dance career at the age of 12 with the Alabama Ballet, and continued her training in New York City with the Joffrey Ballet and American Ballet Theatre summer intensives.
Jensen is also actively involved with local theatre, and this diverse performance background is sure to translate into entertaining and top-notch performances on the ice.
In addition to entertaining the masses during the Ice Flyers’ games, the team members are expected to be involved with several community groups and organizations. They will make public appearances to promote the Ice Flyers and will participate in community service. The team will focus the majority of their volunteer efforts toward helping with fundraising endeavors for Manna Food Pantries, a local non-profit that seeks to alleviate hunger in our community through the redistribution of canned food and community gardens.
Jensen is looking forward to a great season with the team. “We have selected a top-notch group that can dance and match wits with the best,” she added.
The 2010-2011 squad consists of: Michelle Carter, Lisa Aguado, Michelle Belanger, Chelsea Owens, Lilia Oakey, Stacey Williams, Vicki Coward, Shainna Shortt, Christina Genualdi, Heather Smith, Amy Worster, Elizabeth Mills and captain, Jessica Jensen.