El Modena Cheer and Pom: The Spirit of America

El Modena Cheer and Pom set their sights on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade


   At every football game, at every assembly, and nearly every day, El Modena’s Cheer and Pom teams work together to epitomize the fighting spirit of all Vanguards. As a result of their hard work and dedication to the sport, and an incredible audition, they were all invited to perform at this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

   The news that these talented girls were going to New York actually appeared suddenly and took many of the girls by surprise. On the girls’ first day back in Fred Kelly stadium since construction began and since the beginning of the pandemic, their coaches told them that they were going to film videos of their band dances and individual squad routines.

   While Pom and Varsity and JV Cheer were filming their dances, their coaches were actually planning on submitting the video as an audition for Spirit of America Productions, the company that hosts the cheerleaders in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

   As a part of the program, El Modena’s cheerleaders and Pom performers will stay one week in the heart of New York City, practicing routines, shopping at world-class stores, visiting popular sites such as the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building, attending Broadway shows, and, of course, performing live in the famous parade for millions of people watching on the streets and from home.

   Before the Thanksgiving Parade begins, Cheer and Pom members may also receive a unique, custom uniform to wear during the performance to represent El Modena.

   Mixed in with the hours of exploring the wonders of New York City is also an intense focus on rehearsals and various performances. Cheerleaders will be expected to practice some element of their routine every day before and after city activities.

   The cheerleaders chosen to perform at the parade are among the best in the nation. This rewarding opportunity for our Cheer and Pom squads reflects the absolute best of El Modena High School and highlights Vanguard achievement for America to see.

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