Three West Orange High School dancers got the opportunity of a lifetime: Dance in the London New Year’s Day Parade.
In the moments after the London New Year’s Day Parade, three West Orange High students felt the adrenaline pumping.
Addison Satmary, Emma Meyers and Elizabeth Victor performed in the parade as a part of an 1,000-person group of Varsity Spirit All-American dancers. Even after running from grandstand to grandstand and performing a 90-second dance routine 10 times, they weren’t thinking about how tired they were.
“I was pumped,” Satmary said. “Everyone was hugging each other, (saying), ‘We made it, guys!’ It’s what we came to do.”
The parade was special for the dancers, not only because they got to perform in it but also because it was the parade’s 30th anniversary. Everywhere they went, they saw posters commemorating the theme “30 Magical Years.”
The spirit of the crowd also fueled the dancers’ excitement.
“Everyone was in a good spirit, because it was a new year,” Meyers said.
The girls are members of the West Orange High School Warriorettes, a dance team that performs at school football and basketball games and other competitions. They got the opportunity to perform in the parade through a Universal Dance Association Summer Camp they attended this summer. At the camp, they each performed a two-minute dance routine that included jazz, hip hop and a dance of their own choreography to qualify as an All-American dancer. After qualifying, they were able to select a special event in which to participate.
The girls spent Dec. 26 to Jan. 2 in London. While there, they enjoyed all the sites of London. Some excursions included riding the London Eye, touring Windsor Castle — where the Queen like to stay, and climbing more than 500 steps to the dome of St. Paul’s Cathedral, a fixture of the London skyline. And Big Ben stood right outside their hotel.
“The amount of history that’s there is just crazy,” Meyers said.
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