Students dance at Disney World

By Andrew J. Concatelli - ReminderNews Assistant Editor
Colchester - posted Mon., Jul. 8, 2013
Twenty-five young dance students from the Colchester area recently had the opportunity to join the Main Street USA Parade at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. Courtesy photos. - Contributed Photo

Twenty-five young dancers from the area recently had the opportunity to dance in Walt Disney World’s Main Street USA Parade and in the Hollywood Studios Premiere Theater as part of Disney’s “Dance the World” program.

Dancers ages 8 to 20 were accompanied on the trip in late June by their families and instructors from Doreen’s Dance Center in Colchester. The dancers who participated were: Megan Barstow, Sara Barzee, Jenna Brasile, Alyssa Carta, Jessica Champlin, Kayleigh Champlin, Stephanie Davis, Arianna deChalus, Kayla DiFrancesca, Leah DiFrancesca, Madison DiFrancesca, Meagan Gallacher, Mickayla Gauger, Emily Hackett, Sarah Holston, Lillian Jackson, Anna Link, Erin McKenna, Kristine Robida, Brianna Rubbo, Alyssa Rubbo, Emma Savluk, Ciara Sikorski, Samantha Soucier and Paige Webb.

“The students made a memory of a lifetime and will be able to tell their own children someday, ‘I danced in Disney World!’” said Doreen Freeman, owner of Doreen’s Dance Center. “But more than this, it was a wonderful bonding experience for all of us. We got to do our dance ‘work’ together, then we had the opportunity to play together in the magical world of Disney… We are now all connected in a very special way. It was very well worth the hours of planning and preparations we had to do to make this trip successful.”

The trip is open to dance studios around the world, Freeman said. Disney sends each participating studio a DVD of the parade choreography. “We were required to submit a video of our practice sessions, for approval by Disney, to show that our students were capable of performing up to ‘Disney standards,’” Freeman said.

Marching in the Disney parade was no easy feat. “It was 95 degrees and humid. The dancers wore lycra costumes, tights and high heels for the parade. They danced continually for 20 minutes,” Freeman said. “Credit should go to the students and to my assistant director, Alison Durham, for the extensive training she did with our dancers for months prior to this trip.” Durham was also the choreographer for the Premiere Theater 15-minute production dance.

“Dance the World” included a gala dinner, DJ dancing, and a photo shoot award ceremony for the studio owners, directors and teachers with Mickey and Minnie and friends, followed by fireworks in a private viewing area.

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