TOMAHAWK - A dance group in Tomahawk gets a second opportunity to show thousands of people what small town dancers can do. The Tomahawk Dance Team will perform at the Liberty Bowl half time show in Memphis In two weeks.
"We get to go out with a bang," said 17- year- old dancer Emma Gane.
At the end of the year seniors Emma Gane and Morgan Dischen will walk away from the dance team that brought them together four years ago.
"It's emotional to think about how fast things have gone," said Dischen.
However, first they'll step on stage in front of more than 60 thousand people.
"It's taking girls from this small town and putting them on this national platform," said Tomahawk Dance Team Coach Marina Olson.
On December 30 the 11 girls on the Tomahawk Dance team will perform during the Liberty Bowl Halftime Show in Memphis Tennessee.
"It's just going to be different from our everyday small town life," said first year dance team member Semra Marquardt.
Olson coached her team to the Miami Bowl stage three years ago. However, being nationally televised and performing with "Twist and Shout" singers The Isley Brothers isn't what makes the trip a highlight.
"Just showing them it's possible, these things are possible," said Olson.
The team practices three times a week.
"It's like lather rinse repeat, over and over and over," said Olson.
The practice prepares the dancers for their five minutes on stage.
"They hear me probably in their sleep at night, five six, seven eight, come on her we go," said Olson.
In two weeks the small town girls will take big steps into their spotlight.
"A lot of times in dance here you feel like not a lot of people get to see what you can do," said Dichsen.
The national stage offers new opportunities.
"I think some people underestimate what dance is," said Gane.
With all eyes on them, the dancers know their hard work won't get overlooked.
The Tomahawk Dancers head to Memphis Dec. 27. They'll dance with 200 other dancers from around the country.
|Story By: Phylicia Ashley