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February 2, 2014

Local stars to perform in Super Bowl halftime show

Local dancers chosen to be a part of Super Bowl show

 PLATTSBURGH — Locals watching the Super Bowl halftime show might catch a glimpse of one of their neighbors.

“I am extremely excited and am so looking forward to this,” said Sabrina Bruno, one of four local teens who will be performing in the halftime show. “It is going to great.”

Bruno and fellow dancers Amanda Plessis-Belair, 18, of Peru; Maya Browne, 17, of Plattsburgh; and Arianna Hicks, 17, of Beekmantown have been chosen to be part of the much-anticipated halftime show featuring international recording stars Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

CALL FROM NYC

The girls got their break through their dance teacher, Heather Van Arsdel, who owns and operates Center Stage Dance Studio in Plattsburgh.

Van Arsdel, a former WPTZ reporter who also spent several years as a New York Knicks City Dancer, received a call from one of her dance associates in New York asking if she would be interested in taking part in the halftime show of Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

The Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks will face off in the contest, with kickoff at 6:25 p.m. Sunday, with TV broadcast on Fox.

ON THE FIELD

“I asked her if I could bring some of my students, and she had me send her head shots of the girls and their dance resumes, and they were accepted,” Van Arsdel said.

The halftime show is a big secret kept by the National Football League, so before they left, Van Arsdel and the girls did not know exactly what they would be doing. They found two weeks ago when they attended practices in the metropolitan area.

“Our part could be very minimal; we don’t really know yet,” Van Arsdel said a week before the big game. “But just being on the field for halftime will be very cool.”

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