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Cherokee dancer to perform at Outback Bowl

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Hanna Henson, senior at Cherokee Washington High School, has been selected,along fellow dancers from throughout the United States , to dance at this year's Outback Bowl on New Year's Day. Photo contributed.
Hanna Henson of Cherokee, a student at Cherokee Washington High School, has had a love of dance since the tender age of three. A energetic child, her mother decided that she would put that energy to work.

Now that love of dance has led her to perform at this year's Outback Bowl in Tampa, Fla.

She will leave Iowa on Dec. 28 from Omaha, Neb. and fly to Tampa to perform on New Year's Day at the Buccaneers Stadium for the Michigan vs. South Carolina Game.

Henson will be performing with hundreds of other dancers from all over the United States in two performances. One three minute routine performance prior to the game's start and a 10 minute routine at half-time.

Henson stated that the performances will be in the style of a drill team dance.

She along with the other girls were recruited by sending in videos of their performances or attended dance camps from which they were selected.

Henson had to send her addition in by video because she was busy participating in this year's Cherokee County Fair Queen pageant.

She sent in her addition tape during the month of June. She stated that the producers then sent back there approval and critique and about a month prior to the event they also sent a DVD so she could practice the dance routine.

She will also have a couple of days of practice with the other dancers along with the band that will be performing.

When asked how she felt when she got the news of being selected to perform Henson said, "I thought it was going to be a good Christmas brake."

This will be something to top off her senior year of high school. She has perform as Coppelia in the Ballet 'Coppelia' with the Siouxland Movement Arts of Sioux City along with performing in the Nut Cracker with the Russian Moscow Ballet at the Orpheum Theater in Sioux City. She also has performed at the Iowa State Fair.

She plans on continuing her love of dance when she attends the University of South Dakota next fall while studying pre law.

Henson is the daughter of Kristi and Paul Taylor and Dave and Lexi Henson all of Cherokee.

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