Faith Coffelt and Megan Payne, from Grundy County High School, are two of more than 500 cheerleaders and dancers from across the country that represented Varsity Spirit in the 2019 Thanksgiving Tour at the Walt Disney World® Resort in Orlando, Florida.
The individuals invited to perform in the parade are part of a select group of cheerleaders and dancers chosen as All-Americans during Varsity Spirit summer camps across the country. All-Americans are selected via tryout based on either superior cheerleading or dance skills at camps operated by Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA), Universal Dance Association (UDA), National Cheerleaders Association (NCA), or National Dance Alliance (NDA). Only the top 10% of the cheerleaders and dancers from Varsity Spirit camps earn the chance to march in a holiday parade of this caliber.
Faith and Megan performed with the Varsity Spirit All-Americans in a one-of-a-kind pre-parade performance through Disney’s Magic Kingdom® Park on Thanksgiving Day. Besides enjoying a sunny trip to Orlando, All-Americans had the opportunity to meet cheerleaders and dancers from across the nation and enjoy a magical holiday season at Walt Disney World® Resort parks.
Faith stated, “As we turned in front of the Castle and headed down Main Street in the Magic Kingdom with thousands of people clapping and cheering us on with cameras everywhere, I had such an overwhelming feeling that I will never forget!”
“I will never forget having the opportunity of Marching at Walt Disney World! It was a once in a lifetime experience,” said Megan.