Dancing at Disneyland no fantasy

Dancing at Disneyland no fantasy

Dancers perform a routine at a fundraiser to go to Los Angeles, from right to left: Ren Young, Maire Leonard-Paterson, Macy McIntosh and Bella McHardy

Wellington’s Capital City Dance Team  showcased the routines it will be performing in Los Angeles at a concert on Friday night.

The fundraiser held at the Little Theatre in Lower Hutt raised around $4500, with tickets $20 each. Each individual needs $6000-$7000 to cover the cost of the trip.

After over a year of planning, the group of 45 dancers and chaperones will leave for LA this coming Saturday.

They will take part in workshops at top dance schools and attend industry seminars to find out what it takes to make it as a dancer. On top of this, they will perform at Disneyland.

Dancer Inese Velde, 13, said she was looking forward to dancing at Disneyland. “I think it’s going to be so much fun. I’ve never been there so it’ll be a new experience.”

Guest performer Stephanie Lee during her routine at the fundraiser

Guest performer Georgia Adams dancing at the fundraiser

The trip was organised through an agency called World Class Dance Tours, which states on its website, “Dancers will improve their skill, explore different dance styles and learn what it really takes to be a professional dancer.”

Dance teacher Chantelle Scoon said she was excited to go on the tour. “I’ve seen quite a few of my dance friends going on this tour and I thought, ‘I want to do it’.

“I’m looking forward to the immersion into the American dance environment.”

Scoon said the group will have new experiences and learn new skills. “It’ll be a challenge, but a good challenge. Hopefully this gives them insight into what’s in store if they keep pursuing this.”

The dance team is made up of three Wellington dance studios, as well as individuals joining from other parts of the country.

 

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