Local girl dances in the Macy’s Day Parade

Arianna Morel dances on center stage at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York.

Arianna Morel dances on center stage at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York.

By TERRI CASTELAZ

Staff Writer

KINGSFORD — Arianna Morel of Iron Mountain was one of the lucky dancers selected to take part in the famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Morel was invited after she, along with other dancers from U.P. Dance Academy participated in a four-day camp, where they perfected their skills. During this camp, all U.P.D.A. dancers were awarded a prestigious honor, the All Star Dancer Ribbon Award. By receiving this ribbon they also were asked to participate in New York City’s annual parade.

This was Arianna’s first time performing in the parade, but her sister, Lindsay, had the opportunity to be a part of the festivities a few years ago, said Morel.

After a week filled with rehearsals, she performed in the center section during the parade. Morel was featured many times live on television during the performance seen worldwide, which aired the morning of Thanksgiving Day on NBC.

In between practices for the spectacular event, she was able to attend the Christmas Spectacular starring the Radio City Rockettes, tour the Empire State Building and explore the world famous Fifth Avenue.

She also spend time sight-seeing and attend a famous Broadway musical, visit many well-known shopping centers along with experiencing the New York Subway system during her week visit to the big city.

“One of the best parts of performing at the Macy’s Day parade is all the people you get to meet,” said Morel. “You also get to represent your home town and studio at such a big event.”

She also noted that she had the opportunity to dance with some amazing dancers and choreographers.

Arianna, daughter of Gus and Michelle Morel of Iron Mountain, has been dancing for more than nine years.

U.P. Dance Academy Dancers that also received the ribbon at the camp, under the direction of Kathrine Trempe, were Chloe Witte, Olivia Berutti, Kalei Rittenhouse, Delany Harris, Danika Juul and Hadli Gregg.

“The dancers are planning on performing in New York and other major cities this year,” said owner Trempe.

Morel continues her dance education and training at UPDA and looks forward to what her dance future will hold for her.

“We are so proud to have an U.P. dancer from the Dance Academy represent and be able to participate in such a well-known production that is seen throughout the world,” says Trempe. “Congrats on such an amazing opportunity.”

Terri Castelaz can be reached at tcastelaz@ironmountaindailynews.com or 906-774-2772 ext. 39.

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