Montwood High School senior and Emerald Dancer Giselle Montford had an opportunity to perform for a national audience when she participated in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Montford performed with the Spirit of America Productions team, which included some 1,200 cheerleaders and dancers from across the nation. The group, featuring performers ages 13 to 18, made its 34th consecutive appearance in this year’s parade.
“I’m very excited to meet and perform with other artists from across the United States,” Montford said before her appearance in the parade.
The Montwood senior has 12 years of dance experience and has been an Emerald Dancer at the high school for two years.
Spirit of America seeks out the most talented cheerleaders and dancers from across America and is one of three of the longest running parts of the show, along with Santa Claus and the Radio City Rockettes.
Montford said she was on Facebook when she saw the ad and emailed the organization explaining how it was a dream of hers since childhood to be a part of the parade.
“I feel so happy and excited, it is a dream come true,” she said.
Montford, along with her fellow dancers, experienced a fun-packed week in New York City, including the opportunity to view all the famous sights like the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building and Times Square. The performers also attended the Broadway show “Frozen.”
“It’s my first time in New York and I can’t wait,” Montford said as she prepared for her trip.