Local Dance Troop to Perform in Macy’s Day Parade

Keep an eye out Thanksgiving Day because a group of dancers from around the metro will be on the national stage for the annual Macy's Day Parade.

The sound isn't for the faint of heart. The kicks could challenge the Bruce Lee's of the world and yet, believe it or not, some of the girls with Heartland Hoedowners are just 7-years-old. "Keep your legs straight, you have to help your partner,” Carlyie Hart said.
Don't be fooled, 7-year-old Carlyie is just as determined to nail her performance as the older college girls. Every girl is. This year will be the 7th time Heartland Hoedowners Clogging Team from Elkhorn will perform in the annual parade.

The shoes they wear to make the noise are called Clogging Taps. They have a second tap on the toe and heel and it’s what makes the special noise. Clogging also requires a special technique; otherwise the sound is more like chaos. Clearly the girls mastered that technique. They were invited back to New York City.

The experience level ranges in the group. Some have made the trip, others have not.
"I think it will be exciting to represent Omaha,” 14-year-old Chloe Hardin said. "I’m just excited to be in New York because I’ve never been there and if think it will be a lot of fun thanksgiving fun to see all the people."

But this year -- there's a new twist to the tapping. "It's a lot different than doing it without a float; I think it will be fun but it does change things a little bit,” 18-year-old Katie Harrison said.

"They are dressed as the “Elf Yourself” elves,” Rennae Tiekin said. Tiekin will lead direct the group of nearly 50 girls to perform their routine on and around the Office Max float. "We know that the float will be going down the middle of the street and we will have half the kids on one side and half the kids on the other,” Tiekin said.
Also new this year, the group will dance to a ballet.

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