The 3-minute interview: Kristi Tom

The 13-year-old dancer from Redwood Shores is one of 29 dancers from Kirkpatrick’s School of Dance in San Mateo selected to participate in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. The eighth-grader, who has been dancing since she was 4, will be in the opening dance piece of the parade dressed as a painter. She will also perform at the Burlingame Avenue Holiday Parade on Dec. 7.

How did you react when you first found out you will be in the parade? I was just, like, screaming — we found out with all my friends. I felt like I was in a dream — I was so excited. My dad was really excited and so was my mom, and my sister was screaming because she was so excited.

What are you most looking forward to in this trip? Probably just being with all myfriends and being in New York and the spirit of all of it. Most of the girls don’t go to my school, but all of them are my best friends. We are like a big family — we are so excited.

Are you nervous to have to learn choreography a week before the show? Not really, because I’ll be there with all my friends. They are going to help everyone out.

You have never been to New York, so what are your plans for the trip? We are going to go see the monuments and go shopping and have sleepovers and stuff.

We usually just perform locally, so this is the farthest we’ve ever gone. My whole family is going with me too.

Do you want to become a professional dancer? I think it would be a really good job to have — it would be so fun. I know it’s hard because you always have to be auditioning and you don’t have specific thing you’re doing all the time. But I think it will be really fun because it’s one of my hobbies.

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