Students from Barbara Ingram School for the Arts to perform at Orange Bowl

December 31, 2012|By KAUSTUV BASU |

Washington County residents have an added incentive to watch the Orange Bowl college football contest Tuesday night between Florida State and Northern Illinois in Miami Gardens, Fla.

Thirteen students from Hagerstown’s Barbara Ingram School for the Arts will perform during halftime at the Discover Orange Bowl, part of a choreographed dance performance that includes 450 performers, said Andrea Masciocchi, the dance director at the Barbara Ingram school.

Country singer Jake Owen is the headliner at the halftime show.

Masciocchi said the school was first contacted in March by representatives of the WorldStrides Heritage Performance, a program that helps high school bands and dance team perform at bowl games.

“It is the opportunity of a lifetime,” she said.

The local performers, who range in age from 13 to 18, spent all day Sunday training in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., with choreographers such as Travis Wall and Cris Judd.

Wall has been part of a Fox television show called “So You Think You Can Dance” while Judd is a dancer who has performed with Michael Jackson and Celine Dion.

“My students are saying, ‘Can we do this again next year?’” Masciocchi said.

Thomas Anthony, a senior at the Barbara Ingram school who will be performing Tuesday night, said his experience so far has been “absolutely incredible.”

“I’ve met some incredible choreographers and some very talented dancers,” he said. “I almost feel that I have grown more as a dancer in these last few days. Personally, I feel like I am pushing my boundaries.”

Anthony said he was looking forward to the halftime show this evening. “It’s going to be insane ... But if you mess up, it’s on live TV.”

Anthony said he was thankful that he got to meet and interact with choreographers Wall, Judd and Stacey Tookey, a Canadian dancer.

“It is a lot cooler seeing them in person,” Anthony said.

If you watch
Discover Orange Bowl 2013
Northern Illinois vs. Florida State
8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 1, ESPN

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