Butler County Times Gazette
  • Lionettes perform in NYC

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  • Bluestem High School dancers Layne Gilliand and Destiney Webster had a once-in-a-lifetime experience when they made their recent trip to New York City.
    The Lionette dancing duo earned the chance to perform in the Varsity Spirit Group for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, then worked hard just to be able to pay for the trip. But it was all worth it for these girls.
    Their performance day started at 5 a.m., when they got in final practices before heading to Herald Square via subway. When the parade opened at 9, Gilliand and Webster were among the dancers chosen to form a circle around NBC hosts Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie as they were getting introduced.
    The Varsity Spirit Group, which was made of 650 dancers from across the country, were at the end of the parade, right behind Santa Claus. Performing the routine proved to be quite the challenge. The dancers had to make several formation changes during the routines and coordinate the dance with everyone.
    During their trip, Gilliand and Webster got to go sightseeing, ice skating and shopping. They got to watch the Rockettes perform a dazzling routine at Radio City Music Hall. They even had their faces shown on a billboard in Times Square during a game with the crowd.
    At one point, Gilliand and Webster got see Al Roker do a segment of The Today Show at Rockefeller Plaza in front of the big Christmas tree.
    - Layne and Destiny want to thank everyone who helped them get to NYC for an unforgettable trip
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