Top Row: Jessandra Bender, Evelyn Kim, Elisabeth Lewis, Monica Willkens, Zoe Zavaski, Madeline Bennett and Isabella Steffie. Middle Row: Tara Dikyikhangsar, Mary Cooper, Kassidy Payne, Ki Alve, Alina Fitzgerald, Jemma Andersen and Audrey Lauzun. Bottom Row: Badyn Milstein-Touesnard, Sabetha Hersini, Abby Wilder, Maggie Schnell, Sadie Arnold, Madalaina Raymond, Kylie Golden-Appleton and Liana Sicroff. (Photo: Provided)

The 93rd Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will feature some familiar local faces—22 high school dance students from the Armstrong School of Dance in Lansing. The Armstrong dancers are from Ithaca, Newfield, Lansing, Moravia, Spencer, and Trumansburg Central schools.

School of Dance Director Karen Armstrong Gorsky said that dancers from her studio have been invited to perform with the Spirit of America Dance Stars, which are recruited from top dance schools throughout the U.S. 

The Nov. 28 parade will be watched by more than 3.5 million people on the streets of Manhattan and more than 50 million people worldwide. 

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for these students,” Gorsky said. “They will spend most of the week before Thanksgiving in Manhattan working with nationally known choreographers for six hours a day. 

On Thanksgiving, they will march the 2.6-mile parade route and perform at Herald Square in front of Macy’s. 

“For us,” Gorsky said, “this means moving from our small town stage in Ithaca to a very big stage almost overnight!”  

This is Armstrong School of Dance’s fifth time participating in the parade over the course of 12 years. Gorsky said that the best time to see the dancers is likely to be between 11 a.m. and noon on Thanksgiving Day. The parade will be broadcast on NBC and via live streaming.


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