12/15/2017 5:47 PM

Kelsey Marques, from Arthur L. Johnson High School in Clark, New Jersey is one of more than 650 high school cheerleaders and dancers from across the U.S. who will be representing Varsity Spirit in the world famous London New Year’s Day Parade.


The individuals invited toperform in the parade qualified for the trip after being selected as an All-Americanat a summer camp hosted by one of the Varsity Spirit camp brands, which includeUniversal Cheerleaders Association (UCA), Universal Dance Association (UDA), NationalCheerleaders Association (NCA), National Dance Alliance (NDA) and United SpiritAssociation (USA).


All-Americans are selected to tryout based on superior cheerleading, dancing and leadership skills at campsacross the country. Only the top 10% of the more than 325,000 cheerleaders anddancers who attend the 5,000 Varsity Spirit summer camp sessions earn thechance to march in the holiday spectacular.


Kelsey Marques will be amongparade performers from all over the world. The theme of this year’s parade is “Showtime!”and will celebrate the greatest shows on earth. Cheerleaders, dancers, marchingbands, acrobats and more will make up the 10,000 performers representing 20countries worldwide in the 2018 parade. Established as one of London’s biggestevents, the parade is seen by nearly 300 million people around the world. Inaddition to cheering in the parade, All-Americans will be able to celebrate theholiday’s European style with the chance to tour some of London’s most historicsites during their seven-day stay.


”I am honored to be the first Jonhsoncheerleader awarded Top All American Cheerleader and to participate in New Year’sDay Parade in London.  I am passionateabout cheerleading and traveling the world to experience new cultures and meetnew people and I am ecstatic to have the opportunity to do both in this trip, “says Kelsey Marques who has cheered since she was 6 years old with Clark PopWarner, Golden Knights Pop Warner/Recreation and Johnson Varsity Cheerleading.   


“This is the 30th yearwe’ve been able to bring these talented cheerleaders and dancers to London,where they can showcase their skills to a very enthusiastic internationalaudience, and explore the rich cultural heritage of this great city,” says MikeFultz, the International Event Coordinator for Varsity Spirit.


For more information, visit or contact Mike Fultz at (800) 238-0286 or



About VarsitySpirit
Memphis-basedVarsity Spirit has been a driving force behind cheerleading’s dynamictransformation into the high-energy, athletic activity it is today, and theleading global source for all things cheerleading and dance. A division ofVarsity Brands, Varsity Spirit is a leader in uniform innovation andeducational camps, clinics and competitions, impacting nearly a millionathletes each year. Focused on safety, entertainment and traditional schoolleadership, Varsity Spirit’s 5,000 employees have been helping raisecheerleading’s influence and profile since 1974. For more information aboutVarsity Spirit or Varsity Brands, please visit or


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