TULSA, Okla. — Two Tulsa high school students are getting ready to perform at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.
You’d probably see Daja Dyer and Monique Goudeau dancing at a pep rally or on the pom squad at a Central High School football game in Tulsa.
But in just a few days, you’ll see them on national television, after the junior and senior were selected at a recent competition to perform in New York City.
Dyer said, “We had to learn different dances during three days, going across the floor and doing different movement tests and things.”
Dyer may only be a junior, but she’s actually the captain, which comes with big responsibilities.
She explained, “(I have to) lead by example, be someone they can follow, being on time — everything that we want them to do, I have to represent that in what I do.”
That must’ve come across to the judges. Goudeau said, “They don’t look for just the best turn or the best kick; they look for someone who is going to present themselves well."
Kilmyn Graf, the girls’ teacher, said, “Daja and Monique are probably the two hardest workers I have."
Graf is the Central High dance teacher and pom coach, and she knows a thing or two about the Macy’s parade, saying, “When I was in the seventh grade, I actually performed in the Macy’s parade. I told them all about it, and I’m really excited that they’re going to get to experience this as well because it was a life-changing experience for me.”
It’s an experience she hopes her two students get on Thanksgiving Day.
Goudeau said, “It’s something we’ve worked hard for. We’ve always wanted to be in a really big parade. This is probably the biggest parade here in the U.S. So, our very first big parade is the biggest parade.”
The girls are going to spend seven days in New York and hope to visit the Today Show and see some Broadway shows.
You can see their performance live on 2 Works for You next Thursday on Thanksgiving Day. Just look for the dancers in white.
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