GRAY — You’ve heard of ‘nine ladies dancing.’

Well, that will indeed be the case when nine All-Americans from the Gray area join some 500 elementary, junior high and high school cheerleaders and dancers from across the country to represent Varsity Spirit in the 2019 Thanksgiving Tour at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.

Cheerleaders Emily Noel, Kaley Ford, Grace Thomas, Alyssa Morelock, Madison Roberts, Macie Blevins and Alexa Justus will perform with the Varsity Spirit All-Americans in a one-of-a-kind pre-parade performance through Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park on Thanksgiving Day.

The Daniel Boone dance team will be represented at the event by junior Jessica Gallimore and sophomore Kamden Stephenson. 

“I’m so thrilled to be participating in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!” Gallimore said.

Besides enjoying a sunny trip to Orlando, All-Americans will have the opportunity to meet cheerleaders and dancers from across the nation and enjoy a magical holiday season at Walt Disney World Resort parks.

"I'm looking forward to seeing the friends I made last year and meeting new people. It's a good way to meet more people than just in your state. I'm grateful for all the support I've been given and excited for this opportunity," said Daniel Boone freshman Kaley Ford, a two-time All-American cheerleader.

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.

Alexa Justus, a sixth-grader, said she is looking forward to “representing Ridgeview (School) in the Thanksgiving Day Parade and getting to see the castle decorated for the holidays!”

“I’m very thankful and blessed to be a part of this event!” Stephenson added.

For Grace Thomas, a freshman at Daniel Boone, it will mark her first trip to the happiest place on Earth. “I didn’t think I would actually be able to accomplish this, but thanking God every moment of the way,” she said.

The Varsity All-American program is celebrating more than 30 years of choosing camp standouts.