They say it’s the place where dreams come true, and that’s certainly the case for a Preston dance troupe who are jetting off to perform at Disneyland.
Children from The Amanda Rogers School of Dance will be packing their dancing shoes and Mickey Mouse ears next summer, after auditioning to perform outside the Cinderella castle in Paris.
“It’s a bit overwhelming but I’m so excited for the children”Amanda Rogers
The school submitted a DVD with 39 dancers showing off their skills, and is one of the lucky few to be selected for the dream job.
Mum-of-two Amanda, whose dance studio is based at Hutton Grammar School, says: “It’s a bit overwhelming but I’m so excited for the children.
“It’s the chance of a lifetime and a real privilege. It will be a great experience, and magical for the little ones.”
The children wanted to do something special after their latest performance at the Charter Theatre in Preston.
As Amanda explains: “We do a show there every three years and the last one was in March. The children were on such a high and wanted to do more, so we introduced new contemporary and performance classes and started looking for openings.
“We’re performing at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool in November, and we thought Disney was a long shot, but that it would be the icing on the cake.
“I don’t know how many people entered, but the judges had three days’ worth of DVDs to watch. We’ve been chosen to do a 30-minute routine on the main stage at Disneyland in Paris in July.”
She added: “The guidelines for Disney are so strict; all 39 children needed to be in the frame for the whole duration of the audition tape, and if any drop out or can’t make it, we’re not allowed to replace them with anyone else, because we can’t put forward any dancers who haven’t been part of the audition.
“We did a fantasy modern piece to our version of ‘Pure Imagination’ from Willy Wonka, and a song called ‘Magic to Do’ from the musical Pippin, so we’ll have to stick to that fantasy theme, but we’re going to come out with a new and exciting routine.
“There are also certain costumes we won’t be allowed to wear because of copyright and religious reasons, so there’s a lot to think about.
“It will be worth it though - although I think I’ll need a holiday at the end of it!”
She says the troupe is now on a “mad fund-raising mission” to pay for the flights. Parents are footing the bill for accommodation and park tickets.
The school is hosting a Ladies Night at Hutton Grammar School in Liverpool Road, Hutton, from 7pm on Friday, November 6.
There will be Christmas stalls, hair and make-up demonstrations, tarot card readings, wine tasting, festive flower arranging demonstrations, a buffet, and entertainment from the dancers.
Tickets are £10, and anyone interested in going to the event, or any businesses interested in sponsoring the school’s visit to France, can email firstname.lastname@example.org.