However, Heather Keilwitz, dance instructor at Rex Mill Middle School on Evans Road in Rex, begs to differ.
Her favorite “team,” the Rex Mill Middle School dance team which she directs and is already proudly wearing tee-shirts with the title, “Orange Bowl Team,” embossed on the front, has received its invitation to be part of the Orange Bowl’s halftime show, along with upwards of 1,000 other young dancers from across the country.
However, as these young ladies, all Rex Mill Middle School seventh and eighth graders anxiously await the video illustrating the professionally-choreographed dance routine for the show so that they can begin rehearing it, one obstacle remains in the way.
According to Keilwitz, each member must pay her own way which, she said, for the entire team, the price tag per member would be $1,600.
“That cost includes round trip air fare, meals, the hotel and the cost of our costumes, which will be especially made for us to be used in the halftime show,” Keilwitz said.
The team is hoping these funds can be raised through individual member or team sponsorships as well as fundraising events the team would conduct, she added,
“The team has created partnership letters to business and organizations seeking sponsorships or donations,” she added.
“We have held, and will continue to hold, fundraisers with the local community and will be selling concessions at Rex Mill Middle School football games in the fall,” Kollwitz said.
In addition, the dance team is sponsoring a back-to-school bash fundraiser when school begins in August, she added.
Although the talented Rex Mill Middle School dance team had also received invitations to appear in the halftime shows of the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2 and the Russell Athletic Bowl on Dec. 28, both of which would be less expensive, Keilwitz said the team chose the Orange Bowl.
“The Orange Bowl halftime show producers are not only offering the girls the opportunity to work under the guidance of a professional choreographer for the show,” she said, “but professional dancers would also work with the girls for the show.”
However, she added, time is tight as all the money to take part the trip has to be in by the end of October.
“Working with professionals would be a great experience for these girls,” Keilwitz said, adding that as a student herself, she appeared in the 1996 Orange Bowl and the 1998 Florida Citrus Bowl.