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Q-Kidz Dance Team gets the crowd moving Opening Day
CINCINNATI (Angela Ingram) -- A group of girls that practices year round for competitions across the country earned a spot in the Opening Day Parade.
The Q-Kidz dance team used their moves and energy to get the crowd pumped up for the game. Before the festivities started the Q-Kidz warmed-up, practicing their moves and finding new dance partners. Partners including another team from Clermont County.
The girls practice each week. Now they're ready to entertain Reds fans in the Opening Day Parade.
Nas'jahea Ferguson, a Q-Kidz performer, said, "It's just fun to be in the parade. This is like my second time being in the parade for the Reds.
The dance team has been part of Cincinnati for 30 years. The founder, Marquicia Jones-Woods, started the team to give young girls something positive to do. And you only get this good by putting in a lot of hours on the dance floor.
The team practices three or four times a week for two and a half hours. And it all paid of performance day. The crowd was into it! Adults and children alike. Workers stopped to watch the girls; the team even got Cincinnati's finest to move.
But the coaches say it's not just about dancing. This team keeps them safe from dangers in the streets.
Mariah and Chariah Jones, Q-Kidz coaches, said, "Gang related activity. A lot of different things they could get into if they weren't doing this drill team. A lot of negative things."
All the discipline and drive pays off for these young ladies who dazzled a crowd of thousands. So far this year they've brought back 16 trophies from competitions in other states.
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