The dance program at Casa Grande Union High School is an outstanding one, but it recently achieved “elite” status.
The CGUHS Elite Dance Team received the elite invitation to represent Arizona and perform in the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. To receive an invitation is rare, but to be able to accept it is even more rare due to the extensive fundraising necessary to travel to New York City. However, this isn’t stopping the Casa Grande Union High School Elite Dancers.
Under the direction of dance instructor Mrs. Kaitlyn Quintana, students in the Elite Dance Company have extensive fundraising plans over the next four months at many businesses in Casa Grande.
Businesses supporting the fundraising efforts for the Elite Dance Team include Peter Piper Pizza, Anaya’s Mexican Food, Food City and Sonic, to name a few. Additional fundraising efforts include the group selling concessions at various events like car washes, as well as hosting a talent competition at the CGUHS Auditorium on Sept. 7.
In addition to fundraising, the dancers are asking for the help of the community through business and individual sponsorships, tax credit donations and through a GoFundMe account.
“An Opportunity of a Lifetime” is the only way to describe the experience of participating in the nationally televised Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Once dancers arrive, they will be in rehearsals daily for four to five hours in preparation for the performance, but it won’t be all work and no play. Dancers will see The Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall, see a Broadway production, visit iconic landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building, in addition to gaining the experience of a professional performance opportunity, making NYC the ultimate learning experience.
Dancers from the Elite Dance Company attended professional workshops at the Debbie Reynolds Studio in Los Angeles and Disneyland in spring, in addition to performing in the Holiday Bowl in 2016. A performance in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is the next step in the growing dance program.
What an opportunity to represent the state and our local communities on a national stage. To support the CGUHS Elite Dancers visit gofundme.com/cguhs-danceteam-goes-to-nyc or contact Kaitlyn Quintana at 520-208-1447. Congratulations to CGUHS Elite!