Dancer O’Quinn performs at Capital One Bowl in Florida
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Erin Michelle O’Quinn, 14, a student dancer at Steppin’ Out & Turning Pointe Dance Studio in Tyler, was selected to perform in the Capital One Bowl halftime show.

Erin trains under Kim Mullikin, owner of the dance studio and dance/twirl instructor.

Erin is the daughter of former Woodsboro resident and graduate of Woodsboro High School, Melanie Williams O’Quinn of Tyler and the late Ralph O’Quinn.

She is the granddaughter of Dennis and Annette Woods of Woodsboro; Billy and Dolly Williams of Canyon Lake, and Maxine Williamson of Tyler and the late Carey Williamson.

Bowl game halftime show producers take special pride in their national performer recruiting efforts to field only a top-notch performance cast, according to Bruce Hart, executive producer.

The New Year’s Day extravaganza, held in Orlando and broadcast on ABC-Television, featured what was described as a sensational student pageantry presentation. It was a true once-in-a-lifetime performance experience for the students.

“The Capital One Bowl halftime show is consistently hailed as the most spectacular New Year’s Day production in the county,” Hart said. “Only the Nation’s top students who meet stringent All American cast selection criteria qualify to receive this fantastic New Year’s performance opportunity, This is by no means an Open Call production.”

The Capital One Bowl football game pits two traditional gridiron powerhouses, the Big 10 and Southeastern (SEC) athletic conferences, in one of the country’s most prestigious collegiate bowls. This year the University of Georgia won over Michigan State University.

In addition to their New Year’s performance in Orlando, All American cast members visited many exciting attractions in beautiful Central Florida while on their six-day cast member performance tour.

A performance of this magnitude necessitates a great deal of fund raising and our students worked very hard to raise the money to make this trip.

“They had a wonderful time and this experience is of great benefit for all these young people who have worked so hard to get there to perform,” a spokesperson said.
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