Largo, Florida - They consider themselves the eight luckiest girls in the world. And it all started with an audition tape from the Tutterow Dance Academy in Largo.
The young women were notified back in March that they were selected to be a part of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, which will be shown on 10 News starting at 9 am next Thursday, November 28.
Debbie Kennedy, the Tutterow Dance Academy owner, tells 10 News, "They really wanted to go, so they put in a lot of work. It's iconic, it'll be around forever."
The teenagers, ranging in ages from 14 to 18, participated in remarkable fundraising events to raise thousands of dollars. Part of the money went toward being in the parade itself, while the rest of it paid for the trip.
"It's expensive, but it's that once-in-a-lifetime that they won't regret. They will remember this when they are married with children," said Kennedy.
One of the girls, Madison Aho, was thrilled when she got the news, "Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh!"
In the summer of 2012, some of the dancers performed for the U.S. Troops in Germany and danced at Euro Disney in Paris. And in March 2014 they will be performing on Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas cruise ship, says Debbie Kennedy.
"I am so excited. It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, it's crazy," said Kennedy.
She added, "I cry when I watch them, knowing what it took to get there."
The teens will be in New York starting early next week. They will join 600 other dancers to practice a routine all week, and they will perform it in the parade.
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