Life is coming up oranges

DeWayne Bartels
Four Woodford County girls are in Miami to dance in the Orange Bowl tonight.

On New Year’s Eve 22 girls from central Illinois landed in Miami for the Orange Bowl.

But, they will see the game from the field because they will be performing at the game on national TV. Four of those girls hail from Woodford County.

“They will do a dance routine for the half-time show. Train will be performing. They will be dancing for a live performance by the band,” said Kim Seibel, owner of Kim’s Academy of Dance in Peoria.

Seibel said the offer to dance at the game came as quite a surprise.

“The Orange Bowl people called us. They said they picked up on us through seeing us at a convention in Chicago or  New York,” Seibel said.

“I thought it was a joke when I got the message. I didn’t return the call right away.”

The offer was real.

Each of the girls had to raise $1,049 to cover the trip. They left on New Year’s Eve for Miami and come back tomorrow.

“This will be a career opportunity for these girls,” Seibel said.

“They will receive one-and-a-half days of training from other choreographers. They will also spend time with Mandy Moore of the FOX show “So You Think You Can Dance.”

The girls range in age from 13 to 20.

“This could open doors,” Seibel said.

“I told them in early September. When I first told them couldn’t sleep for a week. I was getting text messages from the girls at 2 a.m.”