Armstrong dances All American Halftime Show

Published 8:10 am Saturday, January 7, 2017

By Dawn Burleigh

The Orange Leader
As fans watched the halftime All American cast perform at the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida on Dec. 31, 2016, Teigin Armstrong, 13, danced for the crowds.

She was one of 400 cast members and the only one from Orange, Texas.

Armstrong is one of two Lieutenants for the Little Cypress Junior High Golden Dazzler dance team. This year all members of the team are 7th graders.

In July, Armstrong received several awards during the American Dance and Drill Team camp at Moody Gardens in Galveston. The awards included:

  • special notice to attitude, enthusiasm, or extra effort
  • outstanding dance technique and quick learning skills
  • exceptional achievement in dance
  • high kick technique
  • exceptionally talented dancers and displaying outstanding technique
  • Outstanding Performer for dance technique, attitude, leadership and overall excellence

Armstrong will be attending the Happy Feet Miss American High Kick state competition Feb. 18, 2017 in Austin.

Armstrong switched to dance after being a cheerleader.

“I thought it was really cool to try out,” Armstrong said. “I am always dancing.”

Armstrong, with her mother, Kreshonda Armstrong and her younger sister, Tionne, 7, traveled to Florida, They spent a week prior to the Bowl allowing time for touring in between learning a new routine for the big moment.

“I was so nervous,” Armstrong said. “I kept telling myself ‘Don’t mess up. Keep your smile. Keep your head up.’”

All while standing on the sidelines with the LSU football team and Cole Swindell, an American country music singer and songwriter, as the singer during the show.

“She had to learn two dances,” Kreshonda Armstrong said. “Two songs and two routines. It was amazing to see the different talents come together and beautiful to see on the field.”

Kreshonda said she would recommend others trying out for the opportunity.

“It was very well organized,” Kreshonda said. “They took care of everything.”

Part of the All American Cast Tour, the family attended Universal Studios and Disney World, including meeting Sponge Bob.

Teigin Armstrong took time off from basketball to attend the event. She is number 23 on the LC-M Girls Junior High Basketball team.

Her goal is to be a nurse and a dancer when she gets older.