Viva Las Vegas – dancers in the bright light city

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A young dance troupe will travel from North Wales to the “En­ter­tain­ment Cap­i­tal of the World” as one of just three UK groups per­form­ing at a spe­cial va­ri­ety show.

Bar­ton Dance & Drama Academy, which is based in Anglesey, Gwynedd and Conwy, are head­ing for the glit­ter­ing lights of Las Vegas to dance in V – The Ul­ti­mate Va­ri­ety Show at the V1 The­atre in Planet Hol­ly­wood on Wed­nes­day. The academy is tak­ing 21 girls aged eight to 15 to the US and will be joined by dance com­pa­nies from Liver­pool and St Helens.

Prin­ci­pal He­len Bar­ton said: “We were asked about 12 months ago. We did a show in Liver­pool with a com­pany called Smile Pro­duc­tions and, af­ter see­ing us dance, they in­vited us to Vegas to dance with them there.

“We’ve been re­hears­ing ev­ery Sun­day since Christ­mas.

“We’re re­ally pleased to be rep­re­sent­ing Wales. We per­formed in New York two years ago and we’ve per­formed at Dis­ney­land Paris and Dis­ney­world in Florida, but that was a dif­fer­ent group of girls.They’re re­ally ex­cited. They can’t wait. Some of them haven’t been to Amer­ica be­fore.”

The girls will per­form four dances chore­ographed spe­cially for the oc­ca­sion: a Rob­bie Wil­liams med­ley, a Great­est Show­man med­ley, an Abba med­ley and a Wiz­ard of Oz dance.

The dances will show­case a range of styles in­clud­ing hip hop, tap, bal­let, mod­ern and lyri­cal.

Last week, the group had a dress re­hearsal for the show, invit­ing any fam­ily mem­bers who can’t make it to Las Vegas. They also pre­viewed one of the dances at the an­nual Happy Faces char­ity fundrais­ing shows in Venue Cymru and Rhyl’s Pav­il­ion The­atre.

Ms Bar­ton said: “We did the Wiz­ard of Oz dance at the Happy Faces show. It went down re­ally well.

“I think the Vegas show is be­ing filmed pro­fes­sion­ally, and if not I’m sure par­ents will film it if any­body wants to watch.”

He­len Bar­ton

Dancers from Bar­ton Dance & Drama Academy who are per­form­ing orm­ing in Las Vegas

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