80 Teens 'Elf Themselves' for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
Office Max's 'Elf Yourself' app has turned over 416 million people into holiday video stars, and now the company will be bringing their elves to life at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade with the help of 80 talented kids and teens dancing their hearts out on the 'Elves Raise the Roof' float.
Each of the performers attended Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Training Center in Loch Sheldrake, N.Y. over the summer, and though 400 dancers tried out for the big event, there were only 80 slots to fill. The chosen ones come from all over the country, as well as Bermuda, The Dominican Republic, Canada and Italy.
Konnie Kittrell, Stagedoor's head of casting told the the San Mateo County Times that she was looking for teens who could remain "sunny and bright" through the three-hour parade.
"We will be dancing elves near the end of the parade before Santa Claus," 15-year-old Julia Belanoff, a Woodside, Calif. resident, said. "All my friends are very happy to be elves ... we'll be very jolly together."
"I'm a little nervous, but it's really exciting," Thomas Walsh, 15, told Vail Daily. After surviving a rare form of bone cancer, the Thanksgiving Day Parade performance will be a particualarly special day for this Colorado teen.
But we're psyched for all the dancers who will be included. The whimsical float will feature the elves on the rooftops of Victorian houses, shimmying just like the elves from the app, but to disco, hip-hop and classic tunes.
In addition to the amazing floats, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will also include musical performances by Jessica Simpson, Kanye West, Miranda Cosgrove, Big Time Rush and more. You can watch the event on Thursday on NBC at 9 a.m. %Poll-56193%