One year post-graduation, Madison Steel ’22 balances a dual career as a marketing specialist in cybersecurity and an NFL dancer for the San Francisco 49ers. With 20 years of dance experience, joining the Gold Rush dance team was Steel’s dream come true. “I have gained a group of loving and supportive people who I know will have my back through the highs and lows of life,” says Steel.
Steel began dancing jazz, contemporary, ballet, and tap when she was 3 years old. She remembers trying on her first pair of pointe shoes at the age of 10 and feeling like she “hit the jackpot.”
Making the Gold Rush was one of her biggest accomplishments as she has “always admired NFL cheerleaders and the hard work they do on and off the field through charity work and engaging with fans,” says Steel.
On game days, Steel arrives at Levi’s Stadium six hours before kickoff to run through choreography, make media appearances, and do a final warmup as a team before hitting the field. The Gold Rush dancers perform a pregame routine, two quarter break routines, and an occasional halftime routine. Steel also dances on the sidelines throughout the entire game, cheering on the 49ers, which she calls an “absolute blast.”