SPARTANBURG, S.C. (WSPA) — A group of Spartanburg dancers will take part in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Miss Marion’s School of Dance students have performed at the Olympics, the World’s Fair and been invited to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade every year since 1998.
This year, five students will dance alongside 600 others from across the country.
But one special person won’t be there.
It’s the first year without “Miss Marion” herself. Marion Feinstein, the school’s founder, passed away last year at age 91. Her daughter Lori Axelrod now leads in her place.
“I used to be a Rockette and since you’re having 600 people, the most important thing is to have precision, and that’s what these children have here,” Axelrod said.
Their routine is jazz based with flashy costumes.
Since their arrival Saturday in New York City, dancers have rehearsed for hours at a time.
They will start Thanksgiving day at 4:30 a.m.
More than a moment to shine, Axelrod said their performance will honor her mother’s legacy.
“She’s so proud of all of us and the students.”