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Dance team to perform at 2014 Orange Bowl

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The Rex Mill Middle School Dance Team has been invited back to perform in the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl Half Time Show in Miami, Fla.

Special Photo The Rex Mill Middle School Dance Team has been invited back to perform in the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl Half Time Show in Miami, Fla.

REX — The Rex Mill Middle School Dance Team has been invited back to perform in the Discover Orange Bowl Half Time Show Jan. 3 at Sun Bowl Stadium in Miami, Fla.

Yellow Jacket dancers attended the 2011 bowl game to perform in front of more than 75,000 fans and an ESPN televised audience. This year’s team, under the direction of Heather Keilwitz, will perform at the 2014 bowl with a featured guest artist and more than 100 other dancers from schools across the nation.

The dance team was invited by Bowl Games of America, which organizes the half-time shows of seven bowl games. The company invites dance squads to participate based on referrals, word of mouth from dance coaches and others and from past participation performances.

“Our team showed outstanding leadership and preparedness in the 2011 bowl game,” said Keilwitz. “We were complimented constantly for our respect and team cohesiveness.”

She said the team was extended an invitation to perform at the Sugar Bowl, the Orange Bowl or the Russell Athletic Bowl but chose the Orange Bowl because the opportunity to participate in the dance convention.

The Yellow Jackets performed two numbers with the rock group, The Goo Goo Dolls, in 2011. The production was put together by Emmy Award-winning choreographer Bonnie Story, best known for her work in the “High School Musical” movies.

Dance members and seven parent chaperones plan to travel to Florida Dec. 30 through Jan. 3. Students will spend time in an all-day dance convention that features classes, rehearsals, workshops, and will learn from top choreographers and performers in the field.

“This is a once in a lifetime experience for these dancers,” said Keilwitz. “They have an opportunity to meet and learn from famous choreographers and dancers in the convention, meet other dancers from all over the United States, as well as have the experience of performing on national television in front of thousands of fans at the bowl game.”

Cost for the trip to Miami are $1,600 per person, which includes fees for airfare, hotel, meals, dance convention and the half-time performance. The dancers plan to hold fundraisers to help offset the expenses and have created a website to collect donations at www.gofundme.com/RMMSDANCERS.