The Cedar Rapids River Kings has announced the appointment of Jen Marks as the team's dance team director for the 2019 IFL season.
Jen will enter her first season as a dance team director in 2019 with the River Kings. After graduating with her BA from Central College in 2012, she spent two seasons as a Rider Girl for the Cedar Rapids Roughriders and was also a Titan Doll for four seasons.
"We're very excited to have Jen join the team and help to create a great entertainment experience for our fans at the U.S. Cellular Center," said River Kings General Manager Ryan Eucker. "Her experience as a former dancer paired with her outstanding character will make her a fantastic representative of our organization in the community."
During her time with the Titans, Jen helped choreograph multiple routines, attended promotional events, and assisted with the Junior Dolls dance program. One of her fondest memories came when she was proposed to on the field following one of her Titan Dolls' half-time performances.
"After a couple years off it was the perfect time for me to return to the dance world and, although I won't be returning as a dancer, I'm thrilled to be involved with the new ownership and a part of their vision to create an organization that our town deserves," said Jen. "Dancing for the Titans holds such a dear place in my heart. I want other young women in the Cedar Rapids area to have the same great memories, experiences and lifelong friendships as I did."
While completing her final season as a Doll, Jen also attended Kirkwood Community College where she earned her AAS degree in Dental Assisting. She now works as a certified dental assistant in Solon.
Prior to her professional dance career, Jen danced for both her high school (Mount Vernon) and college alma maters at the state and national level. Jen and her husband, Justin, live in Cedar Rapids with their daughter Ellie Kaye and black lab. She enjoys spending time with family, reading, watching Hawkeye football and wrestling, and cheering for the Minnesota Vikings and traveling.
Dance Team Director Jen Marks and the River Kings will soon be making announcements regarding dance team prep classes and tryout opportunities. For additional questions about the Cedar Rapids IFL franchise, contact General Manager Ryan Eucker at firstname.lastname@example.org.