Silver Stars perform for the Macy’s Day Parade

The Officer Line of the JBHS Silver Stars will be performing in the 92nd Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade


Photo by: Preston Rolls

The Bowie Silver Stars dance team concludes their halftime performance at the 11/9/18 Bowie vs. Westlake game to the song ‘How the West Was Won.’ The Silver Stars practice almost every morning to prepare for their halftime performances during games, and the Officer Line (seen in white) will be performing in the 92nd annual Macy's Day Parade on November 22nd.

Millions of live spectators, cameras all around, and high kicks galore are all in the near future for the James Bowie High School Silver Star Officer Line.

The Officer Line will be dancing in the 92nd annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, 2018. The Stars were chosen to participate by Spirit of America Productions, continuing the officers’ biennial tradition of performing.

Seven members make up the Officer Line, Captain- senior Kristin Hauck, 1st Lieutenant- senior Chloe Borsch, Senior Lieutenants- seniors Veronica Rapp and Trinity Vogel, and Junior Lieutenants- juniors Landry Case, Gabby D’Angelo, and Jade Fattouh. They are traveling to New York to begin rehearsals on Saturday, Nov. 17 accompanied by directors Leanne Bilnoski and Emily Davis.

“This will be Ms. Davis and my first time to the attend the parade,” Bilnoski said. “We are thrilled to get to spend the week with these amazing young ladies. It will be such a fun experience to watch them perform and explore the city with them.”

In an effort to cover the expenses of traveling, the Silver Stars have held several events over the past months to raise money.

“They’ve done all types of spirit nights and fundraisers,” Bilnoski said. “They had a very successful DoubleDave’s fundraiser over the summer, and the Silver Stars Booster Club also helped fund their trip.”

While marching with the parade over the entire 2.54 mile route between 77th street and 34th street, the Stars will dance a hip-hop combo, according to Hauck. Then, once the procession reaches Macy’s Herald Square, they will exhibit their showcase dance for the crowds, which they learned through videos.

“When we get [to New York], we’ll rehearse and clean the dance,” Hauck said. “We have a bunch of rehearsals scheduled throughout each day, and then we also have a mix of sightseeing and tourist activities. Then we have one rehearsal at Macy’s, where we’re gonna perform, and then we go to the parade.”

With millions of people sure to be watching, Hauck acknowledged that there are some nerves, but she stated that her and the other officers are up to the challenge.

“We’re all feeling really excited because we’re prepared and ready to go do new things in New York,” Hauck said. “A little nervous, but we’ve been practicing the dance for a few weeks and we have a lot of rehearsal time when we get there, so I think we’ll be ready.”

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade starts at 9 a.m. Eastern Time (8 a.m. Central Standard Time) and, according to Spirit of America Productions, NBC is the suggested network for watching the Silver Star Officer Line perform in Herald Square.