If you’ve ever watched the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, you have seen the famous New York City Rockettes perform their famous high kick routines. It’s always mesmerizing watching the talented women remain synchronized throughout their dance number.
The Rockettes had better watch out, though, because the South Lake, Texas Emerald Belles are coming after them. The 76-person team recently performed in the second round of “America’s Got Talent” and proved they are far more than a simple high school dance team.
During the audition round, the dance team got three yesses but received a “no” from judge Howie Mandel. While he was impressed with their technique, he told the girls that they reminded him too much of the Rockettes and didn’t wow him.
This round, the girls were quick to correct Howie, saying that while their dance styles are similar, the Rockettes “only kick up to eye level” while the Emerald Belles “smack themselves in the forehead” with their high kicks.
This team doesn’t just high kick, they also have technical dancing throughout their performance. Their choreography included twirls, leaps, and complicated steps that created a beautiful effect (especially with 76 girls doing them). Not to mention, they were all smiling and having a great time while on stage.
At the end of the performance, the girls anxiously awaited feedback from the judges. Guest judge Brad Paisley called them “perfect”, Gabrielle Union said she’d continue to fight for them, Julianne provided expert-dancer advice, and Simon had nothing but wonderful things to say about them. Howie still wasn’t impressed (let’s see him kick that high!), but his feedback was met with a loud “booing” from the audience.
Only time will tell if the Emerald Belles will make it to the next round of the competition, but one thing is for sure – they definitely captured America’s attention!
Check out their amazing performance in the video below and be sure to share it with your friends!
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