Friday, February 22, 2013

Dancing in the Streets

The Stratford High Spartanaire Dance Team has been invited to perform this November in the 2013 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

The famous 3-hour, parade dates back to 1924 when many Macy’s department store employees were first-generation immigrants, proud to celebrate their new American heritage.

The 53-member Spartanaire team will spend seven full days and six nights in New York during Thanksgiving Week. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is shown nationwide on NBC television. More than 40 million Americans tune in annually.

“We are so incredibly excited to have received our official invitation to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! We are looking forward to representing our dance team organization, our school and the Spring Branch community well,” says Spartanaire Dance Team Director Astrid Gonzalez.

The group has already held several fund-raising events. More are planned so all 53 students can attend the parade and visit New York City. For details, please visit the team’s website at

The Spartanaire Dance Team is a year-round organization that gives female high school students an opportunity to perform at football games, pep rallies and local basketball games. The dance team attends performance competitions and it hosts an annual Spring Show.

As members, Spartanaires learn dance terminology and movement, but also gain valuable skills like time management, commitment and self-discipline. “Being involved in the Spartanaires is a wonderful opportunity to meet people, to travel, be involved in an extracurricular activity, and learn life lessons needed for success beyond high school,” Director Gonzalez says.

Team auditions are held in early December. If accepted, members are placed into a spring semester training class to fine tune their dance technique and skills.



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