East Marshall High School senior Amy Atcher is getting set to perform as a dancer during pregame and at halftime at the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic in Dallas Jan. 4.
Atcher, 17, the daughter of Lynda and Larry Atcher of Laurel, was selected to perform during the bowl game after earning honors at a dance camp in Des Moines over the summer.
"I always thought that I would never get a chance to do something like this," Atcher said. "When I found out I was going, I was walking on air for a few days."
Atcher said she is excited to meet other dancers from all around the country but also has a job to do. They will practice six to eight hours a day during the few days leading up to the night performance.
This year's Cotton Bowl features the Texas A&M Aggies against the Oklahoma Sooners, so Atcher will be on the same field on the same night as Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel. The game and her performance will be at the new $1 billion Cowboys Stadium.
"I'm so excited to be in the stadium down there," Atcher said. "Dancing on that field is going to be crazy."
Atcher has been involved in dance for 13 years after starting at the age of 4. She is active cheerleading, band, choir, speech and drama at East Marshall. She said dance gives her a feeling that is hard to describe.
"It's like you get into your own little world when you're dancing," Atcher said.