Charlotte Dance Studio Performing in Orange Bowl

On January 3rd Vickie Diebold will be standing on the sidelines coaching her dancers at a venue far from her small dance studio in Charlotte. She'll be standing in Sun Life Stadium watching them perform in the Orange Bowl's half-time show. Vickie says being selected was a pleasant surprise.

"The girls were beside themselves. It was so exciting. I was blown away. I had no idea that we had been recommended for the program, and so it's a huge compliment," said Vickie Diebold, Owner, "The Dance Studio."

It's a compliment only two dance studios in Michigan receive each year. To be chosen, a studio must be recommended by another member of the dance community and then do a phone interview with the selection committee.

"Do we have a lot of spirit and gumption and ready to learn and do what's asked of us, yes. And that was part of what they were looking for."

They'll learn the dance at the studio in Charlotte, and then they'll join around 500 dancers in Florida for the performance. This year, dancers will perform with country music singer Deirks Bentley. Some say they're a little nervous...

"I've never really done anything in front of a huge crowd, but I'm excited," said Madison Johnston, a dancer.

Others say it's just another performance. The big crowd is no big deal.

"It's not going to bother me, I don't think. I've been performing since I was little. It just brings such a level enthusiasm and excitement to the field," said Catherine Diebold, a dancer.

And the dancers are proud of the excitement their performance will bring to the Charlotte community.


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