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Local students selected to perform at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

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Adrian Anthony Alvarez

Huntley, Illinois (November 13, 2013) -- The 2013 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City will feature performances by more than 700 cheerleading and dance team members representing Varsity Spirit.

This year, high school seniors Denielle Alvarez (UDA - All American), Amanda Czarnota and Jessica Shoemaker from Huntley are among a group of elite dancers selected to perform as part of the Varsity Spirit and UDA (Universal Dance Association) performance team. Each dancer used personal funds to participate at the national event.

This will be the 20th year that Varsity Spirit has teamed up with Spirit of America Productions to give this opportunity to cheerleaders and dance team members who qualified at camps across the country to perform at this year's parade. Spirit of America hosts two featured performances in the parade. Cheerleaders and dancers from across the country are invited to perform a nationally televised, showcased performance LIVE on NBC each Thanksgiving in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, one of the most celebrated parades in the world.

The combined group of dancers and cheerleaders will spend the week before Thanksgiving in New York City sightseeing and rehearsing for their performance on Thanksgiving Day. This year's performance team will show their spirit along the streets of Manhattan from Central Park West and 78th Street down to 34th and Seventh Avenue. The parade culminates in Herald Square with a televised performance of the spirited routine they have spent the week rehearsing.

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