A small Central Texas Dance Team is gearing up to perform for quite possibly their largest audience yet, but they're turning to the community for help pulling it off.
Their mix of talent and discipline landed the Belton High Magic Belle's Dance team the opportunity of a lifetime, the chance to perform in the opening and closing numbers of the Tournament of Roses Parade in California on New Years day. The Rose Parade is a larger than life festival complete with floats and performers from around the country.
"We're really excited and honored to be invited to go and it's something that's definitely pushing us out of our comfort zones and it's really helping us grow as a team and as dancers individually," said Co Captain Bella Rose Mortel.
However the team is going to need some help to make this dream of theirs a reality, so they gathered at Hat Creek Burger Company in Temple to perform and raise funds for travel costs. The group quickly received a 4 thousand dollar check from Temple's American Legion Post 133.
"That is a great honor and I think they'll be well recognized in the community and even in the state for doing what they're doing," said John Potts who donated to the cause.
Longtime Dance Director Rachel Hill says the fundraising is not just about participating in the parade, but also stresses important life lessons for the girls like working hard for what you want and making sure no one gets left behind.
"We just really want to make sure they're being prepared for life after high school in the real world and not just here to dance," said Hill.
The girls still need a couple thousand dollars to make the trip.
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