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Islanders Cheer and Dance Host Eighth Annual Spirit Team Youth Clinic

February 08, 2016

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Photo courtesy: Kaci Alvarez

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – It was a day full of stunting and cheers at the eight annual Spirit Team Youth Clinic, which invited young dancers, dance teams, cheerleaders and cheer teams to learn choreography and stunts from members of the Islanders Cheer and Dance teams. The clinic was held on Saturday, Jan. 30, at the American Bank Center, before the Islanders women’s basketball game against Stephen F. Austin State University.

More than 50 children, ranging in age from pre-K through 12th grade, spent the morning learning new chants, cheers, dances and stunts. The event attracted participants from as far away as the Rio Grande Valley and San Antonio.

“Many of the girls involved have been coming to this clinic for years,” said Melanie Lowry, Head Islanders Cheer and Dance Coach. “I receive nothing but positive feedback from parents about this event.”

The clinic culminated with a three and a half minute halftime performance during the Islanders women’s basketball game, where the clinic participants, dressed in blue Islanders shirts and big green hair bows, cheered for the home team.

“The clinic gives the young dancers and cheerleaders an opportunity to not only see Islanders athletics from a whole new dimension, but to see collegiate athletics up close and personal,” said Lowry.

Islanders mascot, Izzy, was also present throughout the clinic, and the girls and their families were encouraged to stay for the whole game to experience all aspects of game day events.

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