Dance trip

Lo­cal troupe pre­par­ing to dance down Main Street, USA

Advertiser (Grand Falls) - - Front Page - BY KRYSTA CAR­ROLL SPE­CIAL TO THE AD­VER­TISER

Les­lie Oake School of Dance per­for­mance team is pre­par­ing to dance in Or­lando, Florida.

GRAND FALLS-WIND­SOR, NL — So many chil­dren dream of a trip to Dis­ney World to see the char­ac­ters, take in the rides, and ex­pe­ri­ence magic.

A group of dancers from the Les­ley Oake School of Dance in Grand Falls-Wind­sor will be do­ing just that next sum­mer.

Dancers ages nine to 17 are go­ing to Or­lando, Florida July 7-10, 2018 to take part in Dance the World in Dis­ney.

The three-day per­for­mance fes­ti­val is an op­por­tu­nity for dancers to par­tic­i­pate in a pro­fes­sion­ally chore­ographed pa­rade through the park and down Main Street USA in front of Cin­derella’s Cas­tle.

Twenty-two dancers from the Les­ley Oake School of Dance per­for­mance team will par­tic­i­pate. Along with per­form­ing in the pa­rade, they will dis­play their tal­ent at the Ep­cot World Show­place per­for­mance fes­ti­val, said Les­ley Pen­ney, in­struc­tor and owner/di­rec­tor of the school.

“This is a very pas­sion­ate, hard-work­ing and tal­ented group of dancers, and this ex­pe­ri­ence will not only al­low them to show­case their skills and tal­ent on the world’s stage, but give them an in­valu­able op­por­tu­nity to see the tal­ent there is in the dance world, which I know will drive them to be­come even bet­ter dancers them­selves,” she said.

Pen­ney said the dancers have been per­form­ing and at­tend­ing events and com­pe­ti­tions through­out the prov­ince for sev­eral years and done ex­tremely well. She thought they should aim for a larger event and take the time to pre­pare over the next year.

“I have heard so many great things from fel­low dance stu­dio own­ers that have at­tended the event in the past that I knew it was some­thing our dancers would love to be a part of as well,” Pen­ney said.

She was right. The dancers are ec­static to be dancing in Dis­ney.

“I’ve seen dancers there be­fore so I kind of know what we are do­ing and it’s re­ally cool,” said Mal­lory Hunter, ju­nior team mem­ber. “I’ve al­ways wanted to do it and I can’t be­lieve that one of the things on my bucket list is go­ing to be ac­com­plished. I’m over­whelmed.”

Hunter said though the team has trav­elled be­fore, this is a fab­u­lous op­por­tu­nity.

“I think it’s an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for us be­cause we have never gone any­where be­fore that big,” the 13-year-old said. “The fur­thest we have trav­elled is St. John’s so this is a big step for us.”

She said she’s look­ing for­ward to dancing, and learn­ing from the peo­ple who have danced there be­fore.

“Just to im­prove our tech­niques and show us some tricks,” Hunter said. “Hope­fully we’ll be able to ad­vance. For us it’s a big ben­e­fit by learn­ing dif­fer­ent kinds of dances. They may not do the same tech­niques or genre of dance as we do.”

Se­nior team mem­ber Eil­ish Han­lon is equally as ex­cited.

“Me and my fam­ily are huge Dis­ney fa­nat­ics so we can­not wait,” the 16-year-old said. “It’s ac­tu­ally a dream come true to dance in Dis­ney down Main Street of Magic King­dom. It’s crazy. “It’s so sur­real.” Han­lon said she is most look­ing for­ward to the pa­rade it­self.

“Get­ting to work with new teach­ers and see­ing dancers from all around the world is go­ing to be an in­cred­i­ble ex­pe­ri­ence,” Han­lon said. “And I can’t wait to meet new peo­ple. Learn­ing from new peo­ple and their teach­ing tech­niques and dif­fer­ent styles. Ev­ery­one has a per­sonal dance style and I can’t wait to see what ev­ery­one else has to of­fer.”


Most of the dancers pic­tured will head to Or­lando, Florida in July to take part in Dance the World in Dis­ney. Dancers from the Les­ley Oake School of Dance in Grand Falls-Wind­sor are busy fundrais­ing to make this dream come true.

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