The Royales Perform in The Big Apple


Mollie Walsh

The Royales participated in the 2021 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City alongside Spirit of America Productions. The team spent the majority of Thanksgiving break in the city.

“Leading up to the trip, we spend about a week outside of our team practice time rehearsing the dance to perfection,” director Chloe Hills said.

The Royales are expected to practice themselves on their own time in order to be the most prepared they can be.

“The Royales being chosen to represent an “elite” group of dancers alongside a college dance team is a huge honor,” Hills said. “I’m extremely proud and confident that they will rise to the occasion and perform beautifully for all of America!” 

Captain Omer Tzvion believed that the Royales were more than ready to perform alongside a college level team.

“I think this is a great thing, as we will be showcased in the parade and perform higher-level dancing than in previous years,” Omer said. “Our rehearsal schedule throughout the week will be different than the rest of the high school dancers because we’ll be practicing with the UTEP dance team instead, and so this trip will be something new to everyone (even our director who has already been to the parade in years past!).”

Captain Omer Tzvion, felt that NYC will be a great opportunity for the team.

“I’m most excited to experience New York through the eyes of a performer and rehearse with the team in a different setting than usual. I know that the early mornings, late nights, and hours of rehearsal will bond us as a team even more so, and leave us with unforgettable memories. Not to mention, NYC is one of my favorite cities, and participating in the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade is a really special opportunity that I think we’re all thrilled for,” Omer said.

The Royales performed on national television, broadcasted live all around the world.

“As a dancer, I have loved performing my whole life and I know the team feels the same. After countless performances over the years, I feel as if performing on national television will come naturally to us, and I know the girls will seize the opportunity with grace and exuberance,” Omer said. “I can’t wait to present our hard work to a larger audience, and take such a big part in bringing spirit to the nation on Thanksgiving Day.”

The Royales have had multiple experiences regarding performing, including football games, pep rallies, and participating in multiple tryouts.

“I am fully confident in the team, as we have practiced and performed under many conditions and will definitely be able to take on New York. Football season has prepared us to perform under stressful situations, in wind, and freezing temperatures, yet even so, the exhilaration and excitement of the parade will help us overcome all of it,” Omer said. “It is definitely nerve wracking to perform with a collegiate dance team, but I know the Royales taking part in the parade have the skill and performance level to do so.”

Viewers could watch the Royales of Plano West perform in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC and Telemundo from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in all time zones.