MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) – If you watched the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday morning, you may have seen some familiar faces from the Mid-South on your TV screen – the Olive Branch High School Dance Team!
The troupe was one of hundreds of school troupe dancers across the country that participated in this year’s parade.
Millions across the country tune in and tune in to the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.
“It was just an incredible feeling to be able to see myself on the screen. I wanted to cry because I was so happy and so excited,” said Olive High School student Natalia Robinson. “It finally hit me that we’re in New York.”
The championship team was invited to join a group of 600 dancers with Spirit of America Productions after a strong year.
“We’re from Mississippi and we made it all the way to New York, so I’m very proud of us and very thankful for our support system and everyone who helped us get to this point… because we couldn’t have done it without our support system and everyone with us,” said Olive Branch High School dancer Chanel Rogers.
Assistant coach Candace Johnson says the trip to New York also gave the girls the opportunity to see and learn about different districts, eat great food and see the sights.
“Not only did this trip expose them to the Macy’s Day Parade, but they were exposed to New York as a whole,” Johnson said. “I’m grateful to everyone, everyone, who contributed to this journey.”
Johnson and head coach Denise Tyler say they couldn’t be prouder of the team and are thankful for their entire support system back home.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and we can’t thank everyone enough for everything they’ve done for us,” coach Denise Tyler said.
Tyler also says that they definitely want to participate in the Thanksgiving Day Parade next year and make it a tradition for their team.
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