The 2011 85th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City will feature a performance by more than 700 dance team members representing the top All-American Dancers in the United States.
Mariah Wojciechowski of Fredonia will be one of the enthusiastic performers that will take part in this American tradition. Wojciechowski has been selected as a National Dance All-American for the past five years and as her talents and skills have advanced so have her performance opportunities.
Performers for the parade received a DVD in October of the dance routine they will be performing. Each dancer is responsible for learning the basic routine before arriving in New York City. The group will spend the week before Thanksgiving in NYC rehearsing for the performance and working on formations, kicklines and stunts to be incorporated into the basic routine. In addition to dance rehearsals, the group will also visit tourist sites in the city and attend a performance by the Radio City Rockettes and a Broadway musical.
Mariah Wojciechowski of Fredonia will dance in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday.
This year's dancers will show their talents along the streets of Manhattan from Central Park West and 78th Street down to 34th and Seventh Avenue. The parade culminates in Herald Square with a televised performance of the spirited routine they have spent time rehearsing. The performance will be televised live on NBC beginning at 9 a.m.
Wojciechowski has received her dance training at the Collage Performing Arts Center for the past 12 years. She attends UDA summer dance intensives and faithfully takes master classes at STEPS on Broadway and the Broadway Dance Center. Wojciechowski is a serious dance student and in addition to her dance studies also competes with the NY Majestic Senior Dance Team. The team competes annually in the National Dance Team Championships in Orlando, Fla.
In addition to studying ballet, tap, jazz, pointe and lyrical dance, Wojciechowski is also a phenomenal tumbler on the Hott-Shot Cheerleading team and is being recruited by college dance teams and college cheerleading programs. She plans to pursue performance dance as a college major next year.
Wojciechowski is the daughter of Skip Wojciechowski of Westfield and Tammy Rinus of Fredonia.