They danced at Dis­ney

Stratford Press - - Front Page - By ILONA HANNE

Af­ter a lot of fundrais­ing and hard work, 26 dancers, and their ac­com­pa­ny­ing chap­er­ones, made plenty of last­ing mem­o­ries on their ‘once in a life­time’ trip to the USA ear­lier this year.

The dancers were from The Dance Project, based in Strat­ford and led by dance teach­ers Hay­ley Old and Becky Walsh.

Their tour, or­gan­ised through World Class Dance Tours, now known as “She Shines On,” took the dancers to New York and Florida to par­tic­i­pate in work­shops and classes held by world-class tu­tors and chore­og­ra­phers, says Becky.

“It re­ally gave the girls the op­por­tu­nity to see where dance can take them in their life, and to learn some tips from the very best of the best in the busi­ness.”

A high­light was the op­por­tu­nity to dance on stage at Dis­ney­world, some­thing Becky says was just as mag­i­cal as she ex­pected.

“It re­ally was just amaz­ing to be there, and the dancers had great fun, as well as per­form­ing there, they took part in work­shops which took them through the Dis­ney­world au­di­tion process.”

While they were re­hears­ing at Dis­ney­World, the group were sur­prised when Goofy joined them on stage.

“That was just so funny, see­ing him danc­ing with the girls.” The group also fit­ted in lots of sight­see­ing to en­sure the trip was un­for­get­table for them all.

“We went to the Em­pire State Build­ing at sun­set, we saw heaps of shows on Broad­way. Ev­ery day came with some­thing new and ex­cit­ing.”

Becky says the group couldn’t have made the trip with­out the sup­port they re­ceived from the com­mu­nity over nearly two years of fundrais­ing.

“I think we have done ev­ery type of fundrais­ing pos­si­ble, from putting on shows and cabarets, to cook­ing sausages and helping out at events. The girls all worked re­ally hard for this trip and we thank ev­ery­one who sup­ported us.”

■ See more pho­tos on this week’s pho­topage. To see some of the Dance Project’s USA set and dance high lights from their trip, they are per­form­ing as part of Stu­dio 2’s end of year show Des­ti­na­tion Un­known. at the Kings Theatre on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 15 at 11am and 7pm.

Greer An­der­son, The Dance Project’s con­tem­po­rary chore­og­ra­pher and per­former, flies through the air on the Dis­ney stage.

The group of dancers ready to per­form at Dis­ney­world.

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