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By Bethany Helwig
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Barnum student heads to Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade


November 28, 2019

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Allison Began with her second place trophy at the Triple S Dance Competition.

Barnum senior Allison Began is headed to the Big Apple to participate in this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. She will join up with Spirit of America Dance Productions to perform amongst a group of 600 dancers from around the country.

This trip and opportunity has been in the making for the last four years. Allison's mother, Colleen, said her daughter has been working two jobs and saving her money religiously to help pay for this trip.

Spirit of America Dance Productions produces two performances for the parade, one consisting of cheerleaders and the other of dancers, all between the ages of 13-18, and have been a part of the parade since 1986. Those wanting to participate are required to send in an audition tape and application. This year, they received over 1,000 dancer applicants. Allison, along with another dancer from Duluth, were selected to participate from the local area.

Allison has been dancing since she was three-years-old. While her favorite style of dance is hip hop, she also does tap, ballet, and jazz. Over the years, she has competed in multiple competitions and performed many solos.

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Arianna St. Germaine (left) from Duluth Denfeld and Allison Began wear their official Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade jackets while on the subway.

Leading up to the big performance, she and the other dancers will be in New York for six days and practicing up to 6 hours a day to learn the choreography. When not practicing, Allison will enjoy a Broadway play, see the Rockettes dance, tour the Statue of Liberty, visit the 9/11 Memorial Museum, and go ice skating at the famous Rockefeller Center.

"This has been a dream of hers since she was young," said mother Colleen in an interview via email. "My husband Pete and I are so proud of what she accomplished throughout all of her years of dance. She has worked very hard and it really shows. We are thrilled she has gotten this opportunity. It's a trip of a lifetime for her and she will never forget it."

The 93rd Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will air on NBC on November 28 from 9 a.m. to noon. The parade will also feature their signature giant balloon characters, stars such as Celine Dion, and more. In 2018, an average of 23.68 million viewers tuned in to the parade over its run time.


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