Bringing in the New Year, Eva Chaffin ’16, Madyson Marcolina ’16 and Kelsie Hanneman ’17 traveled 4,683 miles for five days to dance in the London’s New Year’s Day Parade this year.
To qualify to head to London, the dancers had to first become an All-American at the Universal Dance Association camp in June in front of a panel of judges. Then individually, each girl had to fundraise and collect enough money to travel to London.
“Personally, I used Go Fund Me to get a lot of family from out of town to help. I also had family that sent in donations through the mail after they saw my Go Fund Me and then just worked the rest of the time to raise the rest of it,” says Marcolina.
As they departed on December 26, the three girls traveled with other dancers from around Colorado through Dallas. Due to some weather issues on their way, the plane was grounded overnight until the next day. Even though the plane was unable to leave, the girls got to spend the day touring the Dallas World Aquarium and at the Gaylord Texan Hotel.
Arriving in London on December 28, the 200 dancers who had arrived from across the country began to prepare their performance but also were able to around London and visit attractions including Windsor Castle, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Covent Garden, Piccadilly Circus and Buckingham Palace.
“My favorite part of the trip was getting to experience such a different culture that had a much longer and intricate history than the United States. I also loved the old architecture and the close mix between ancient and modern buildings,” says Chaffin.