Local dancers heading to Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York

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LOVELAND, Colo. -- A group of young dancers from a studio in Loveland will soon be fulfilling their dreams. Sixteen girls from The Studio left Saturday morning to head to the Big Apple to dance in one of the most recognized parades in the nation.

It’s repetition, persistence, and long hours of grueling work as these young dancers prepare for something big. It’s an aspiration for these teens and a passion for Jenissa Voorhees.

"This has kind of been a dream of mine since I lived in NYC and would see the parade live," she said.

The studio was invited to perform in the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.

“It’s a tradition, and for us to be a part of that tradition is super exciting,” Voorhees said.

Becca LiPuma is 15 years old and thrilled to have the opportunity.

She said, to “be able to dance in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, like, that`s just a dream come true."

The girls began practicing their routine in October. They’ll perform in sync with 500 other dancers from all over the nation to proudly represent the Centennial State.

Emma Salas said, "We are going to have the biggest smiles, the craziest faces."

She’s 14 and said she’s a bit nervous. But the excitement is what’s really contagious.

Karen Torres is going to New York with the group. Her daughter McKayla is performing.

She said she’s proud of all the girls because she knows it hasn’t been easy.  "This hard work is paying off for them. To get selected to do this is quite an honor."

“Oh my goodness, it`s so exciting, like I can`t believe I will be on TV. I can`t even think, it`s so crazy," Olivia Wagner said. She is also just 14.

"I`m so excited for them, and for me, that I get to be a part of it with them," Voorhees said. It’s the culmination of hard work, determination and dedication.

Emma added, "It`s been a lot of work at home and early mornings at the studio, but we`re ready and excited."

When dance is your life, hard work comes naturally and performing in front of millions is a wish come true.

Emma said, "That`s what you dream for, you have work really hard and only a few make it." Becca added, “Check off the bucket list!”

The girls will take dance classes while they’re in New York City and they are also going to serve meals to the homeless on Thanksgiving Day, when they’re finished performing.

 

 

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