Every year, Spirit of America Productions provide hundreds of teenage cheerleaders and dancers from across the country, the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
This year marks the 34th consecutive year that the company provides Macy’s with America’s most talented cheerleaders and dancers. In that time, there have only been three groups to continually participate in “the longest show on Broadway” – Santa Claus, the Radio City Rockettes, and the Spirit of America performance groups.
Local Chattahoochee High School (CHS) graduate Kayleigh Cook performed in the production her sophomore through senior years at CHS. Now a freshman attending the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in New York City, she was invited to return this year as a commuter performer. “I am thrilled to continue what has been my family’s annual Thanksgiving tradition one more time” and experience the world’s most exciting holiday parade said Cook. “I am hoping my friends and former teachers in Johns Creek will enjoy looking for me again as they are watching the televised parade on Thanksgiving day this year” she added.
Spirit of America produces two nationally televised performances live on NBC. Local Cheerleaders and dancers from across the country are invited to represent their school, studio or all-star program in the showcased productions. This year marks the 93rd anniversary of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!
Cook, expects to complete her BFA in Acting in 2022. “Now that I am living in NYC, I have learned first hand how the native New Yorkers value grand productions such as the Macy’s parade and am even more honored to have this opportunity again.” Cook hopes other local aspiring cheerleaders and dancers will consider applying for the Spirt of America program and have the “experience of a lifetime” as she has enjoyed.
While she will be attending college classes outside of rehearsal this year, she has many great memories of just how exciting it was to join with the other Spirit of America 1,200 cheerleaders and dancers in a fun-packed week in NYC. When not rehearsing for their big performance, the performers experience all of the exciting sights of New York during the special holiday season. Seeing a Broadway Show, enjoying the Statue of Liberty and Empire States Building, visiting One World Observatory and 9/11 Memorial, followed by The Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular and shopping along Fifth Avenue are only a few of the must-do activities that Spirit of America provide during their stay.
For more information, visit www.SpiritOfAmericaProductions.com or call 214-802-5534.