Dancing to Disney

The girls in Soul Dance Academy will perform in a fundraiser before heading across to dance at Los Angeles Disney Resort.

A group of Central Southland dancers is counting down to a trip that includes getting to dance at  a Disney Resort and learning from workshops in Los Angeles.

Soul Dance Academy will host a fundraiser this weekend to showcase local dancers and raise money towards their upcoming trip to America.

Fundraiser co-coordinator Helen Wadsworth said the girls would perform the dances they'd be doing at Disneyland in July.

"For some of the girls it's their first overseas trip without their parents, it's pretty special."

Mrs Wadsworth said the girls had been rehearsing since last year and the trip would be a great learning experience for them as they would gain confidence in their abilities and attend dance workshops.

"There's lots of learning opportunities."

The fundraiser will be held at Winton Memorial Hall on Sunday, June 10 with two performances at 10.30am and 3pm.

This isn't the first time Southlanders have headed to Los Angeles to dance, La Muse Dance School in Invercargill went earlier in the year to do a number of performances.

Te Anau's Louise Shanks was part of the trip which gave 29 dancers the opportunity to dance in three group performances at Universal Studios, Hollywood Boulevard and Disneyland.

"It was very cool to have the opportunity to dance overseas because we got the chance to meet dancers from around the world and watch other styles of dancing. I got the chance to do dance workshops at Disneyland, Millennium Dance Complex and The Edge in LA. Millennium has stars such as Jennifer Lopez, Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears and Pink that have been there."

"It's a really great experience. If anyone gets the chance to do these tours, then I highly recommend it. We did a lot of fundraising for about 18 months. I'd like to thank the Te Anau Kepler Lions and Fiordland Rotary Club for their sponsorship. We have great community support in Te Anau," Louise said.

"It just shows that even living in Southland we can still get these opportunities to travel and experience the world."

Tickets for Soul Dance Academy's fundraiser cost $25 for adults and $15 for children which includes a Devonshire tea. For further information contact Helen Wadsworth on 021-144-2844, or Nicki Hall on 027-364-0408.


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