Lubbock dancers head to New York for Macy's Parade - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/21/09

Lubbock dancers head to New York for Macy's Parade

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - For the past 83 Thanksgiving mornings thousands of people march down the streets of New York city as part of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Lubbock Dance Gallery received an invitation for five of their dancers to fly to New York to dance in this year's festivities.

"It's a memory for a life time. These girls are going to be telling their children and their grandchildren that they danced and marched in the parade in New York City," said dance teacher Carla McNeal.

For Amanda Casey this is nothing new. It's her 2nd time to dance in the parade. "I'm so excited to be going again and New York is one of my favorite places. To be in the Macy's Day Parade is just a cherry on top," said Casey.

Her friends Kennedi Ross, Ellen Wilkerson, Lezli Anderson, and Lauren Payne will join Casey on the trip. For about 10 years, each girl has spent hours practicing at Dance Gallery, and the parade is just one more way to show their talent. "Preparing for the Macy's Day Parade is almost like preparing for any other audition you have to just prepare yourself as much as you can technically and physically. You can work out as much as you need to and just really advance your technique," said Casey.

Other dancers from all over the nation will join the Lubbock girls for the performance. "Different girls will just be beside you and you're going to make friendships that last a life time," said Casey. The girls are now in New York where they will practice with the rest of the dancers for the next five days to make one of America's great Thanksgiving traditions magical.

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