Allison’s School of Dance has made some exciting feats in the last three months. 

On Thanksgiving Day, 12 dance students made their way to New York for Thanksgiving to perform in the 87th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Allison’s School of Dance owner Allison Aylor heard through a fellow dance colleague that Dallas-based Spirit of America Productions gives dance and cheerleading teams ages 14-18 a chance to perform in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The students made an audition tape and submitted it to the company in hopes to be selected to perform — and they did. They participated with 400 other students in a contemporary and theatrical jazz dance routine themed “Mad Hatter” from Alice in Wonderland, danced to the song, “Tea Party.” While in NYC, they watched a “Newsies” Broadway show, the Rockettes, visited Times Square and the World Trade Center Memorial, shopped on 5th Avenue and went on an NBC tour and the Statue of Liberty Harbor Cruise. 

Teachers Jessica Bundrick and Aylor, in addition to the students, were thrilled to have experienced and participated in the parade.

“These are things that I wished I could have done. As teachers, we are living it through them,” she said.

Additionally, Aylor was contacted by Worldstrides Heritage Performance, a company that focuses on the lives of students through music and performance opportunities by providing students access to perform in renowned venues and various destinations while promoting music appreciation. They contact Aaylor because she was recommended by a person (she wouldn’t recall their name) to Worldstrides Heritage Performance to dance at the half time show during the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio on Dec. 30. Dancers ages 10-14 could only participate, so 12 of her students made the trip and danced their hearts with more than 300 girls from around the country and more than 1,000 band members. The girls danced to live music, with selections from the Beatles, as 65,000 fans watched.

“It was really neat,” Aylor said. “We performed for a UT versus Oregon pep rally and on the River Walk stage. It’s a big confidence booster for them and as teachers, we’re very proud of them. They were one of the youngest groups that were there. They kept up, they did have to work harder, but they kept up with them (older dancers).” 

Read more in Sunday's Graham Leader.