The Jersey Village High School Gold Dusters pose with roses as the dance team will travel to perform in the 2019 Tournament of Roses Parade at Pasadena, Calif. This opportunity comes less than two years after the Gold Dusters joined other dance teams in performing in the Super Bowl 51 halftime show.
By Mariela Vargas, Jersey Village HS
JERSEY VILLAGE — The Jersey Village High School Gold Dusters will welcome 2019 in California as they will travel to the Los Angeles area from Dec. 28 to Jan. 1 to perform in the Tournament of Roses Parade.
“We are very proud of the hard work these young ladies have put in and their reputation for being polished and well executed, and how their energy has earned them this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Gold Duster Director Ryan Garcia said.
The parade is held annually on New Year’s Day in Pasadena, Calif., and features flower-covered floats in addition to marching and performance ensembles and equestrian units from across the world. Dating to 1890, the parade is followed by the Rose Bowl college football game. Hundreds of thousands of spectators line the parade route while countless others watch the televised broadcast.
The Jersey Village High School Gold Dusters will join dance teams from Katy, Belton and Hardin-Jefferson high schools in performing at the 130th Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year’s Day. To help promote their appearance, team members will perform live on Dec. 13 on Fox 26 news. (Photo by Gil Albarran, Jersey Village HS)
The Gold Dusters will join performance ensembles from Katy, Belton and Hardin-Jefferson high schools for the opening and closing choreography of the parade. They were identified with help from HTEDance & Spirit Group, Inc., a Dallas-based company which specializes in providing recognition and opportunities to dance and spirit groups across the dance industry. The company partners with the Tournament of Roses Parade creative directors and prepares everything from choreography routines to outfits for participating ensembles.
“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime event, it’s exciting because it’s hard to get chosen and this will be the first and last time,” said Gisselle Madrigal, a senior Gold Duster and social officer. “Once HTEDance chooses a school, they never get chosen again.”
Each member is required to raise approximately $2,200 to fund travel and expenses for the trip. To help promote the Gold Dusters and make their parade appearance possible, members will perform live at 9 a.m. on Dec. 13 on Fox 26 news.
“I’m excited because it’s a good bonding experience,” said junior Katie Roos. “Yet, it’s scary since I could mess up on the second-most-viewed parade on live TV. But I’m proud of our team.”
This will be the 130th parade, which features a 5 1/2-mile route and has the theme “The Melody of Life” in celebrating music as a universal language. Legendary singer and songwriter Chaka Khan will serve as the 2019 Grand Marshal.
On Jan. 1, the Jersey Village High School Gold Dusters will perform in the 2019 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif. The appearance comes less than two years after the dance team performed in the Super Bowl 51 halftime show. (Photo by Beau Brittain, Jersey Village HS)
For the Gold Dusters, participating the in parade will be the second-biggest event the ensemble has performed in. In Feb. 2017, dance team members joined representatives from Cy-Fair High School’s Brigade and Cypress Lakes High School’s Sterling Stars in performing in the Super Bowl 51 halftime show featuring Lady Gaga.
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