Two Glen Rose High School Dazzlers will receive a darling price for Thanksgiving.
Although they will be away from their families, Kiana Yrjana and Sarah Griffin are preparing for a trip to New York to celebrate Turkey Day with other dancers and perform in the 83rd Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
The duo qualified for the performance through Universal Dance Association, which hosts competitions and workshops around the country. All captains and co-captains who attend a UDA camp are eligible, as well as all individuals nominated for an All-American ribbon.
Last year, Dazzler’s had one All-American ribbon recipient, Kevyn Reiff, who performed in the Orange Bowl in Florida.
Yrjana, 17, and Griffin, 16, are excited about their trip, but know they will have to be at their best.
“I would expect it to be hard because it’s for the dancers who are All-American and you have to be a good dancer to get All-American,” Yrjana, a senior, said.
The trip includes six nights at the Hilton New York, a tour of the Big Apple, admission to the Empire State Building, a Broadway show, a viewing of Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular featuring the Rockettes and a dance class with one of New York’s most noted choreographers.
Griffin, a junior who was named captain this year, said she is looking forward to the experience.
“I am excited about just going to dance and to be on television,” she said.
The girls are expected to receive their uniforms and dance routine in the mail sometime this week. At that point, they will rehearse together and solo until they leave on Nov. 21.
The trip is something of a community experience for the girls because without local businesses that donate money, they wouldn’t be able to go.
Courtney Andrews, the Dazzlers sponsor, said businesses donations created something of a milestone for the dance team.
“I am (excited) because we’ve had one student go for All-American for a few years but never our captain and co-captain,” she said. “I am proud of them.”
Although the parade will consist of lots of walking and dancing through the streets of New York, the girls are looking forward to pouring their hearts and souls into practicing their routine as soon as it arrives.