Dancers from the Chinese American Community Center will have to wait to belly up to the Thanksgiving table this Thursday until after they are finished with their television appearance as the first Delaware dance troupe to perform in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Nov. 26.


Dancers from the Chinese American Community Center will have to wait to belly up to the Thanksgiving table this Thursday until after they are finished with their television appearance.

The 23 girls ages 8 to 18 will perform in the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade. According to organizers at the Hockessin area center, the troupe is the first group from Delaware to appear in the parade and the first Chinese folk dance troupe to appear in the parade since it started in 1924.

"This is such a great opportunity for us as a dance troupe," said Min Chang, director of the Chinese folk dance troupe. "This is our first time performing on a national/global stage. Our dancers have worked very hard to prepare and they are extremely excited. We are just hoping that the weather is nice on Nov. 26."

The CACC troupe has appeared in numerous events in the tri-state area, including Gov. Jack Markell's Inauguration Gala, the International Children's Festival in Wolfe Trap, Va., and annual Delaware Dance Festival and annual conferences of the Association of Chinese Schools in New Jersey and Washington, D.C.

The CACC is a non-profit organizations that promotes the exchange and integration of Chinese and American cultures.

"By participating in Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, we hope to promote the beauty and grace of Chinese folk dances to a wider audience," said CADD Chairwoman Shirley Tseng.
 
Donations to defray the cost of participating may be sent to CACC-FDT, P.O. Box 849, Hockessin, DE 19707. Please designate the donation is for the dance troupe.