It's hard to feel sorry for a bunch of girls from Kelly's Dance Academy in Hutchinson, Minn., who spent the last five days on the beach or in the pool in Florida, with all costs covered by the group that organized the Orange Bowl halftime show.
But when the polar vortex gripped the country and grounded flights, a 4-day trip turned into 9, as they learned they would be stranded until at least Wednesday.
Backlogged by their own weather-related cancellations, United Airlines wasn't able to find enough seats for the 32 dancers. We talked to the girls over FaceTime from their hotel lobby in New Jersey -- as far as United got them on Wednesday when they were stranded overnight again.
Sarah Kasella, at home in Glencoe, Minn., said her daughter was pretty homesick
"They were frustrated, but many of them texted me what an unforgettable trip it became -- how they bonded," Kasella said.
For one of the instructors -- really bonded. Amongst all the chaos, instructor Lyndsey White got engaged.