Local high school dancers, musicians perform with Katy Perry at halftime show

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By Lindsay Robinson By Lindsay Robinson
By Lindsay Robinson By Lindsay Robinson
By Lindsay Robinson By Lindsay Robinson
By Lindsay Robinson By Lindsay Robinson
By Lindsay Robinson By Lindsay Robinson

PHOENIX, Ariz. – While all eyes were on the Super Bowl action yesterday from afar, some lucky Phoenix high school students got to be right in the middle of it.

Desert Vista High School’s Company Dancers were chosen by the Super Bowl XLIX casting committee to open the halftime show with Katy Perry's "Roar." They were also part of an elite group of dancers who performed in the show's finale, "Firework." Several Desert Vista High School dancers helped on the sidelines with set pieces, props and costumes.

The 36 students put in 40 hours of rehearsal over two weeks. They were led by instructor Bianca Caryl, who performed in the Super Bowl XXX Halftime Show with Diana Ross.

Students in Corona del Sol's Marching Band also played a role in the halftime show visuals, with more than 150 band and percussion students participating.

The Corona del Sol Band Program, led by Director David Duplessis, is one of the biggest in the state of Arizona. More than 400 students are enrolled in the school’s band and percussion courses. The marching band has previously placed second and third place in the Division I State Marching Championship and consistently earns "superior with distinction" ratings in Arizona and California.

The Corona del Sol Music Department received the Arizona Educational Foundation "A+ Special Programs" Award in 2012. It is the first and only music department to earn this distinction to date.