NEW BREMEN — Dancers at Boyd Dance Studios in New Bremen will get the opportunity to walk and perform in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this year.
The event will be televised live, beginning at 9 a.m. Nov. 28 on NBC.
This is the fourth year the dance studio has taken students to perform in the parade and members of the studio were first spotted at a dance competition in 1995. They were asked to perform four years ago and in 2000, 2015 and this year. The studio submitted a videotape of the girls dancing this year and were selected to participate in this year’s parade.
Rhonda Boyd, co-owner of Boyd Dance Studios in New Bremen, along with her daughter co-owner Erin Boyd-Jellison have been working with the girls to rehearse for their performance.
“I think dance teaches the students camaraderie and technical training that comes from working hard and working together,” Boyd said.
New York is very familiar to the Boyd and Jellison family, not only that they have brought talented dancers to perform with “Spirit Of America” but Boyd-Jellison, former Radio City Rockette for five years, also performed with the Rockettes in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in 2003.
Boyd has owned the dance studio for 42 years and also has a studio that opened in September 2019 in Bellefontaine.
The week long trip will take place Nov. 23- 29 when they will fly out of Dayton International Airport.
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade has been a part of the studio for over two decades, with the first group of dancers taken to New York City back in 1995. Boyd’s daughter Erin was a part of the first group of participating performers in 1995 and now more than two decades later, the studio will be returning to the Big Apple, and this time Jellison’s daughter will perform in the parade with the studios other dancers.
“I was three years old when I joined the dance studio and was a Rockette for five years beginning in 2003,” Jellison said. Her husband, L.J., was an actor in the production of “Wicked” in New York.
Charly Jellison, 13, Rhonda’s granddaughter and Jellison’s daughter will be among seven dancers at Boyd Dance Studios who will make the trip.
“I love in dance that I can express my feelings. I am excited to experience this that some people don’t get to have,” Charly said. She said dancing has taught her discipline and she is glad to perform in the parade just like her mother once did.
Gabby Terpstra, 14, said it is her first time for going to New York and she has been dancing for 11 years.
“I’m most excited to be around new people and environments. I love the friends I have made in dance and it allows me to be myself,” Terpstra said.
Among the group of seven dancers includes, Charly Jellison and Gabby Terpstra, 14, of New Bremen, Jessica Miltner, 15, of New Knoxville, Rylin Trego, 13, Shelby Ranly, 17, both of Minster, Kaitlyn Grillot, 16, and Jordan Ward, 16, both from Fort Loramie. Some of their family members will make the trip to see their daughters perform in the parade.
During the span of the trip, they will rehearse extensively each day but will also get to explore the Big Apple, visiting many New York landmarks and see several shows. They will visit the Empire State Building,the Statue of Liberty harbor cruise, 9/11 Memorial, One World Observatory and will skate at Rockefeller Center, go to Times Square as well as Central Park, see “Frozen” on Broadway and watch the Christmas Spectacular starring the Radio City Rockettes.
The dancers also will be in the audience of “Today” Wednesday morning. Visit Boyd Dance Studios Facebook to view photos of rehearsals and their trip.
Reach Jennifer Peryam at 567-242-0362.