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Country music star Martina McBride poses for a photo with performers from 360 Dance, including Corydon's Gracelyn Anderson (back row, next to McBride) during a show at the Louisville Palace Theatre Nov. 30. (click for larger version)

Corydon girl part of McBride 'wonderland'


December 18, 2013 | 10:10 AM

The official day of winter doesn't take place until Saturday, but, for a 9-year-old Corydon girl, a "Winter Wonderland" came early on Nov. 30 with four-time Country Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year Martina McBride at the Louisville Palace Theatre.

Gracelyn Anderson, daughter of Chad and Amelia Anderson, was part of a dancing troupe from 360 Dance in Louisville that performed on stage during McBride's rendition of the holiday classic "Winter Wonderland" during the concert in Louisville.

Gracelyn, who has been dancing since she was 22 months old, doing competitive dance since she was almost 5 years old and is a past winner of the Little Miss contest at the Harrison County Fair, said the experience was amazing.

"It was awesome. The best part was getting to stand by her and hug her," Gracelyn, an honor roll fourth-grader at Corydon Intermediate School, said. "When I found out we were going to do it, I wasn't so nervous. When I got up there, I just danced and kept smiling, and it was over before I knew it."

Amelia Anderson said a person with McBride's group contacted 360 Dance to set things up and book the dancers for the show. One of the co-owners of 360 Dance came up with a routine, which the group had only one week to rehearse. The dancers had a chance to run their routine, and meet McBride, during a 4 p.m. sound check on the day of show followed by the performance at 7.

After the dancers performed with McBride, the country singer brought the dancers back to the stage to thank them for coming and being part of the concert and escorted them to the wings.

At one point, McBride came through the audience for a meet-and-greet and talked with fans, and she stopped to pose for a photo with the dance group.

"She put her arm around me, and I almost passed out," Gracelyn said.

"We were very excited for her; we hope this is just one of many things she gets to do as part of dancing," Amelia Anderson said. "She does this five or six days a week, and she had just finished a 14-day stretch of rehearsals. It's the best of the best, where she's going."

Gracelyn said her classmates seemed excited to hear what she'd done. One of her teachers, Amber Wischmeier, attended the concert but didn't realize who one of the dancers was.

"She was like, 'That was you?' It was pretty funny," Gracelyn said.

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