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Loudoun dancers to be featured in annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade

photoPhoto Courtesy/Studio Bleu Dance Center Studio Bleu Dancers arriving in New York City where they will represent the State of Virginia in the 86th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Front row from left: Ashley Ferguson, Hannah Tyler, Kimmy Gaston, Paige Ensminger, Jessie Homan, Lauren Hathaway, Jordan Engebreth, Ronnie West and Victoria Clenney. Back row from left: Emma Day, Kaitlin Merrill, Tatiana Alston, Monica Vercillo and Kayla Bukavac.

Dancers from Studio Bleu Dancer Center in Ashburn will represent Virginia in the 86th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

Fourteen dancers from the studio will perform in the parade.

“We are so proud to to once again represent the great state of Virginia in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” Studio Bleu Owner Kimberly Rishi said in a prepared statement. “This is an unbelievable opportunity for our dancers to be part of such a lasting American tradition. Then to have the opportunity to perform live on Herald Square … it doesn’t get any better!”

This will be the sixth year the dancers were selected to represent Virginia as part of the Spirit of America Dance Team. The dancers left Loudoun on Nov. 17 to prepare for the big event.

Among the 14 dancers will be Emma Day, a Briar Woods High School senior. This will be her fourth and final year in the parade.

“It is such a great experience to be in the Macy’s parade. And such an honor to be selected. I get to perform with dancers from across the country live on television. I just love it!” Day said in a statement.

The Spirit of America Dancers will be featured in the first section of the parade beginning at 9 a.m. Nov. 22 on NBC.


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