PROVO— Sixteen young ladies from Sanpete County participated as Stadium of Fire dancers at the America’s Freedom Festival in Provo on Saturday, July 2.
The girls signed up to be a part of this amazing experience as part of Just Dance in Mt. Pleasant, owned and operated by Brittany Dyches. Five of the girls, Maddie Moulton (Ephraim), Lexi Seely (Mt. Pleasant), Kaylee Curtis (Mt. Pleasant), Kylee Farley (Mt. Pleasant) and Morgan Hirschi (Ephraim), were picked through video tryout to be elite dancers. Other dancers included Paityn Salisbury (Mt. Pleasant), Emily McCormick (Mt. Pleasant), Payton Allred (Mt Pleasant), Kambrie Colby (Mt. Pleasant), Amelia McCormick (Mt. Pleasant), Tenley Rosenlof (Mt. Pleasant), Lola Allred (Spring City), Kaitlyn Taylor (Moroni), Haven Thomson (Ephraim), Carrington Dyches (Ephraim), and Jayvee Alled (Mt Pleasant).
The girls arrived at the LaVell Edwards Stadium on BYU campus at 7 a.m. on Thursday, June 30 to begin practicing with over 200 other dancers from around Utah. Over the next three days the girls had over 30 hours of practice in some of the hottest temperatures of the summer.
On Saturday night, the dancers kicked off the night with a countdown lead by Governor Spencer Cox followed by their dance “Turn it Up.”
Following the dance, the girls took part in bringing out a 30-foot by 60-foot American flag to display during the singing of the National Anthem by Utah’s Marie Osmond.
As second musical number, Bugle Boy, performed by Osmond, was the second performance of the dancers.
Other performers of the evening were county music star Tim McGraw, the U.S Army Parachute Team, Golden Knights, Grace Good Fire performers featuring Jenny Oaks Baker, American violinist, closing out the night with a patriotic fireworks finale.
“The girls were awesome,” Brittany said. “I was so impressed with how professional they were and how they endured hard practices.”