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Published November 22 2010

South High students to dance in NYC Thanksgiving Day

You might want to pay extra-close attention to this year’s broadcast of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC because two of the members of the Varsity Spirit dance troupe will be from Fargo.

Lydia Suckow and Lizzie Erickson, both juniors at Fargo South High School, believe they will be the only North Dakota kids to dance with the 500-person team.

“I’ve always thought this would be amazing. Our parents have watched the parade every year,” Erickson says.

Now their parents will get to watch the parade in person. Brian and Shelly Suckow and James and Judy Erickson and their families will fly to New York Tuesday so they can watch their girls perform.

The two friends have already learned the routine to a high-energy number titled “Summer Beach Party.” They will don bright-pink dance uniforms with neon-green stars to give a live performance at 9:30 a.m. Thanksgiving Day from Herald Square.

“It’s fun. It’s like Beach Boys and stuff,” Suckow says of the routine.

Then again, both are used to learning dance moves. Suckow has studied dance since she was 4, Erickson since she was 11. Both now belong to their school’s Davies Eagle Elite Dance Team.

The two friends learned about the Macy’s opportunity after attending a dance camp in Minneapolis this summer. All of the team leaders got pamphlets that invited them to participate in the Thanksgiving Day event. Students would be accepted on a “first-come, first-serve” basis.

Their parents, who include enthusiastic “dance dads” James and Brian, encouraged them to do it. “What a great opportunity for them,” Brian says. “Lydia’s dreamed about this her whole life. Now she gets to live this dream with her eyes open.”

The girls will fly out today so they can participate in rehearsals. The group of dancers will stay at a Hilton in Times Square and be able to do sightseeing and watch Broadway shows.

“We’ve been counting down for this (event) for 150 days,” Suckow says, smiling broadly. “When we hit 30 (days), we were freaking out.”


Readers can reach Forum reporter Tammy Swift at (701) 241-5525