Chelsea student to perform on Orlando Thanksgiving Tour at Disney World – Shelby County Reporter

Chelsea student to perform at Orlando Thanksgiving Tour at Disney World

Posted 9:29 am on Monday, November 21, 2022

By EMILY SPARACINO | Special for the journalist

CHELSEA — Brooke Silas, an eighth grader at Chelsea Middle School, and her family have special plans for Thanksgiving in Florida this year.

Silas, 14, had the opportunity to perform on the 2022 Orlando Thanksgiving Tour at the Walt Disney World Resort from Nov. 22-25.

Silas, who is a member of Chelsea Middle’s Starlets dance team, has been invited to perform with other dancers and cheerleaders who have been named All-Americans at Varsity Spirit summer camps across the country.

Monique Silas, Brooke’s mother, said her decision to try out for All-American at the Universal Dance Association (UDA) camp at Auburn University in June paid off hugely.

“She was excited to try, but when she was named All-American, she was thrilled,” Monique said. “She was extremely excited to be selected and to be able to play.”

All-Americans are based on superior cheerleading or dance skills at camps run by Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA), Universal Dance Association (UDA), National Cheerleaders Association (NCA), National Dance Alliance (NDA), United Spirit Association (USA) or Urban Cheerleading Experience (UCE), according to a press release.

Only the top 12% of cheerleaders and dancers at Varsity Spirit camps have the chance to participate in a performance of this caliber.

Monique said the family have been to Disney World before, but it will be a new experience for them in light of Brooke’s performance.

Silas and the other All-Americans will also have the chance to meet cheerleaders and dancers from around the country and enjoy the holiday season at the theme parks.

“I’m very happy to be named an All-American and I can’t wait to perform and meet other people who love dancing,” Brooke said.

Brooke takes lessons at the Alabama Dance Academy in Hoover.

Ballet has been a part of her life since she was 2 years old, Monique said.

Brooke’s dedication to dance is evident in the way she rehearsed alone for the upcoming performance in Orlando.

“She’s been sent videos of the dancers or actual UDA coaches providing the steps of what they need to learn, and she’s self-training,” Monique said. “She had to practice on the actual performances that they are going to do. When they get there (this) week, they’re going to put it all together. It’s a lot of coordination and self-discipline.

For more information about the Varsity Spirit All-American program, visit Orlando.varsity.com.

Herman C. Harkins