Dancer’s Edge is going to Disneyland.
As part of Disney’s ‘Dance the Magic’ program, students from Dancer’s Edge studio in Lacombe and Blackfalds will be going to Disneyland for fi ve days to dance as part of the Disneyland parade as well as participate in workshops and other fun stuff.
Heather Buelow, owner and head instructor at Dancer’s Edge, said that the idea came after her studio had the opportunity to dance on a cruise ship with Carnival Cruises this February as part of a program called ‘Dancing at Sea.’
She said the troupe performed a show entitled The Six O’Clock News where all the dances related to the news. “That was an amazing opportunity,” said Buelow.
“It brought the studio so much closer together and it was such a teambuilding thing.”
Buelow said that the trip went so well that she decided after returning home, she would start planning another trip right away.
She added that the studio now plans to put together a travel team each year.
“I knew I wanted to do a travel program” said Buelow. She also said that there are several programs like ‘Dancing at Sea’ and ‘Dance the Magic’ for dance studios that wish to travel and perform.
For the cruise, Buelow had 38 dancers and three instructors on the trip. This time, she hopes to take around 70 dancers on a five-day trip to Disneyland. The trip will likely take place in mid-July of next year.
What still needs to be determined is whether or not Dancer’s Edge will be able to dance on stage in the Dance the Magic showcase.
For the parade, Disney provides dancers with a choreographed routine and costumes, but dances on the showcase stage are of the studio’s own creation.
Buelow said that participating studios can perform six dances, but they must be approved by Disney beforehand.
Dancer’s Edge has been asked to participate in two parades while in Disneyland. One parade will be in the Disneyland Park while the other will be held at California Adventure Park.
If approved, Dancer’s Edge will also participate in the Magic of Dance Showcase along with other studios from around the world for one night of their stay. In addition to dancing in parades and possibly on stage, Dancer’s Edge will also get to take part in workshops put on by Disney’s professional dancers.
Not only that, but students from Dancer’s Edge will get to meet with dancers from other studios participating in the program as well.
Buelow said that for the showcases and workshops, all the studios participating in the program do it at the same time, meaning there will be dancers their representing studios from around the world.