Oswego Cheerleader Marches in London New Year's Parade
Jan 08, 2016 04:18PM
● By Steven Jack
Kaitlyn Sharp was one of more than 650 high school cheerleaders and dancers from across the U.S. who represented Varsity Spirit in the world famous London New Year’s Day Parade.
Oswego High School's Kaitlyn Sharp was one of more than 650 high school cheerleaders and dancers from across the U.S. who represented Varsity Spirit in the world famous London New Year’s Day Parade.
The individuals invited to perform in the parade qualified for the trip after being selected as an All-American at one of the summer camps hosted by Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) and Universal Dance Association (UDA).
All-Americans are selected to try out based on superior cheerleading, dancing and leadership skills at camps across the country. Only the top 12% of the more than 325,000 cheerleaders who attend the 5,000 Varsity summer camp sessions earn the chance to march in the holiday spectacular.
Kaitlyn was among parade performers from all over the world. Cheerleaders, marching bands, acrobats and more made up the 8,500 performers representing 20 countries worldwide in the 2016 parade.
“It was an amazing experience," Kaitlyn said. "I gained amazing new friends and tried so many new things. I wouldn’t have traded my winter break for anything else.”
Established as one of London’s biggest events, the parade is seen by nearly 600 million people around the world. In addition to cheering in the parade, All-Americans celebrated the holiday’s European style with the chance to tour some of London’s most historic sites during their seven-day stay.