WACO, Texas (KWTX) Members of a local dance team have raised the money needed and are now preparing to travel to New York to perform in the iconic Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Eighteen members of the Midway Goal Tenders, the dance team from Midway High School, will be performing alongside nearly 500 other selected dancers from around the country in a live broadcast on Thanksgiving morning.
“I’m extraordinarily proud,” said Carrie Young, assistant drill team director. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for them to participate in this and I know they will represent Midway and Goal Tenders well.”
Twenty five of the 55 members of the Goal Tenders were chosen for a try out for the chance to perform in the parade during the American Drill Team School Dance camp held this summer at Midway.
Of the 25, 18 committed to raise the nearly $3,000 per girl needed in order to participate.
As a group the girls created a GoFundMe account and sold T-shirts, but most of the money they raised as individuals in a number of creative ways.
“I'm just excited to be able to dance in New York and go back there with all my friends and a whole bunch of girls from across the country who love dance,” said sophomore Carrigan Young.
“And just to be on this huge show with everyone watching and getting to perform.”
The girls are learning their dances by watching a video emailed to the hundreds of dancers who will join them from all over the United States.
The parade usually garners more than 22 million viewers at home but that doesn’t have the girls from Waco nervous one bit.
“We'll be surrounded by a bunch of people so it's not like we have to do it alone,” said senior Taylor Vasek.
The dancers are also preparing to perform in temperatures that are a bit colder than Texas.
“They told us to order or bring all the Cuddl Duds to wear underneath the costume. We're from Texas so we don't know how exactly to prepare,” Vasek laughed.
The local dancers will not know the order in which they will appear in the parade until Thanksgiving morning but will have plenty of friends and family traveling alongside them to post pictures and update fans.
The girls will depart on Nov. 17 and will return on Nov. 23.
While in New York, they will catch a Rockettes show, visit the 9/11 Memorial, ice skate and attend two musical.