WYALUSING — The dance team from Wyalusing High School is a fixture at the school’s football games. However, next week these three girls will dance on Thanksgiving’s biggest stage. Nicole Brace, Telysa Westbrook and Gerrica Clouse were invited to dance in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.
“There are only 600 people in the nation that were accepted to be part of the dance,” said Westbrook.
The group was invited to perform with Spirit of America Productions, which is made up of dancers from all across the country. The Wyalusing Dance Team will not only represent Bradford County, but all of Pennsylvania.
“It’s awesome. It’s huge. We’re the only three in PA going. We’re just a speck in PA so it’s huge,” said Brace.
The invitation to dance in this year’s parade came last year, in September. Since then, the girls worked to raise the $9,000 needed for the trip.
“We did a lot of fundraising, bake sales, car washes, flower sales, a lot of things. We got many sponsorships. The community helped out a lot,” said Westbrook.
The girls will be doing a lot of practicing in New York City, but there will also be plenty of time for fun. While they’re in The Big Apple they will get to go ice skating at Rockefeller Center, they’ll see a Broadway show, and they’ll get a private tour of the Empire State Building.
“I’m really excited especially to spend a whole week in New York City with my two friends and our coach,” said Clouse.
The girls grew up watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and said dancing in it is a dream come true.
“I never thought that I’d be in it, but I always wanted to go see it live,” said Clouse.
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City steps off bright and early at 9:00am.