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Marianna Ozier performs at Super Bowl

Having been raised in her mother’s Barnesville dance studio, Marianna Ozier is accustomed to the spotlight but no stage she has graced came close to the opportunity she took advantage on Super Bowl Sunday. Marianna danced in the halftime show at the big game – one of the most watched events in the world each year. She was within touching distance of Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine when he leapt off the stage and into the crowd of concert fans on the turf at Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta. The daughter of Kim and Jim Ozier, Marianna graduated from UGA in December, 2017 with a degree in civil engineering and now works for W&A Engineering in Athens. She dances with a studio called DanceFX in Athens and, when the studio was invited to provide performers for the halftime show back in December, she immediately signed up. ’We were part of the ‘˜fan cast’ so we were on the field with about 500 people as the crowd of concert fans,’ Marianna said. The cast members could not take phones or cameras to practices, backstage or on the field for the performance due to security concerns. She had to attend several rehearsals in Atlanta. Of those, three were dress rehearsals. ‘Maroon 5, Travis Scott and Big Boi were actually at those practicing. We got to see the show several times before the Super Bowl so there were no surprises but its was still easy to cheer them on,’ Marianna said. With a huge cast, an incredible array of special effects, exterior fireworks and the timing required to slot the show into the extended halftime period, staging such an event requires extensive planning and effort. ’There is so much work that goes into the show and it requires so much patience. I have a lot of respect for all the directors, producers and performers. It was such a fun experience and I am so glad I did it,’ Marianna concluded.

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