Dancers to perform on Disneyland stage

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Young members of a Belper dance school “went crazy” when they were chosen to perform at Disneyland Paris.

The youngsters, from Splitz Dance School, of King Street in the town, took part in an online audition for the French theme park.

And after sending in a video of the children performing tap and modern dance, they were selected to strut their stuff at the resort.

Teachers informed the children of the exciting news last week and they were
elated.

Owner of the centre, Andrea Moore, said: “They were jumping around and screaming after finding out they were going to see Mickey Mouse and get such a good 
opportunity.

“The majority of the children are from Belper and they have all been practising very hard in preparation for this.

“There are 64 people going over in total, with 38 of the party dancing in the resort.

“One of the adults accompanying the children in the dancing is 64 and can still keep up with the children.”

The group was formed in 2001 and teaches various styles of dance including jazz, freestyle, acrobatic, hip hop and many others.

Their performance will be on the main stage of the resort, which has two theme parks, seven hotels and shopping and dining facilities.

The trip is from August 19 to August 21 and Disneyland gave the group a reduced package for their stay.

Splitz teacher Jade Moore decided to enter the auditions after seeing an online 
advert and sent in a video of the group dancing to Everybody Dance Now in March.

The 20-year-old, from Belper, said: “I thought I might as well give it a go. It looked a great opportunity.

“I didn’t think much about it and carried on as normal until I got the news back that we’d managed it.I was shocked but at the same time really chuffed. It’ll certainly make a change.

“I know the children are especially looking forward to it but I think we all are and to travel together as a group should be fun. It’s great that the families are coming along for support and just to have a great time.

“We think the children will be performing on the Lion King stage and it will give them the chance to perform before a big audience.

The Disney Performing Arts Competition gives dance troupes, choirs, bands and parade groups a chance to perform at the resort.

For more information about Splitz, call the centre on 01773 881072, or visit www.splitzdancecentre.net.