The Lil' and Elite Wranglers kick off inauguration week with a performance for Senator Ted Cruz

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - Inauguration week is upon us, and Texas is well represented in Washington. The Lil’ and Elite Wranglers, a College Station dancing group, is in our nation’s capital to perform during the festivities. First stop? Coffee and dancing with Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX).

Senator Cruz (R-TX) says performing groups and politicians who choose not to attend the inauguration are disrespecting the American people, not Donald Trump.

Bringing Texas pride to Washington, D.C. Sharon Toups, the director of the dance group, says she is definitely feeling proud.

"I’m blessed, our whole team is blessed, and I believe this is a wonderful moment for us to share our love for our country," said Toups.

The group ranges from Kelsie Scott, a nine year-old, to Aaron Calliham, a soon-to-be high school graduate.

"It’s just so humbling to be here and perform and show what we do every day in College Station, spreading the good will of Aggieland," said Calliham.

The Wranglers performed two songs on Capitol Hill in front of a large group of Texans, including Senator Cruz. Cruz was impressed and says he is happy the group of young people can witness history, and play a part in it.

"Texas is proud that we have young men and young women that are here, standing up for our state, and standing up for our country," said Cruz.

He says he is proud the Lil' and Elite Wranglers decided to come to Washington, amid many boycotts of the inauguration, from politicians to musical groups.

"They think they’re being disrespectful to Donald Trump," said Cruz. "It actually has nothing to do with Donald Trump. The people they’re disrespecting are the voters. The people they’re disrespecting are the American people."

"It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity for us, and we’re excited to be here," said Toups.

The Lil’ and Elite Wranglers' big performance takes place Friday during the inauguration day parade.

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