Randolph ‘Disney Dancers’ To Perform At Disney World

The Village Dance Studio’s “Disney Dancers” from Randolph will perform at Walt Disney World at the end of June. Shown from left, front row, are MaKenzie Cowen, Emmaleigh Cowen, Ty Barron, Mallory Smallback, and Elianna Peterson. Second row: Jocelyn Mentley, Emma Earley, Ryanne Bushey, Addison Beaver, Elli Locicero, Megan Lindquist. Back row: Tara Smith (dance instructor), Rylee Barron, Corin Carpenter, Kaylee Marsh, Mya Abrams, Emma George, Maisie Abrams, Megan Tomsick, and Loganne Bushey.

RANDOLPH — It’s been a long two-and-a half years of training and fundraising for the “Disney Dancers” from The Village Dance Studio in Randolph but they are finally on their way to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Dance Instructor Tara Smith said after arriving at Disney, the dancers will spend four days and three nights there. During their stay, they will be performing a stage show at Epcot in World ShowPlace, performing their own choreographed numbers at Disney Springs, dancing in a parade at Magic Kingdom Park, and participating in a program called Dance the World where they’ll learn a routine and perform it. The dancers will also take a class with “Dancing with the Stars” pro Sharna Burgess. They will also attend the Farewell Gala Dinner Celebration in World ShowPlace at Epcot.

According to Smith, 21 out of her approximate 175 students will represent the dance studio. Her Disney Dancers range in age from 7 to 17 and make up a team of 20 girls and one boy. The Disney Dancers are MaKenzie Cowen, Emmaleigh Cowen, Ty Barron, Mallory Smallback, Elianna Peterson, Jocelyn Mentley, Emma Earley, Ryanne Bushey, Addison Beaver, Elli Locicero, Megan Lindquist, Rylee Barron, Corin Carpenter, Kaylee Marsh, Mya Abrams, Emma George, Maisie Abrams, Megan Tomsick, and Loganne Bushey.

“They’ve been preparing for a couple of years and it’s been a long road coming. We started our routines about a year-and-a-half ago,” she said.

Smith said her Disney Dancers practiced the same routine they’ll be performing at the Magic Kingdom at this year’s Memorial Day Parade in East Randolph. She said it was a good test for them because they had to dance uphill.

“I think the track around the Magic Kingdom is about a mile long, so they’ll have to do that dance repetitively five times over and over for a mile,” she said. “Luckily, that is all flat terrain down there.”

“I’m extremely proud of them. It’s been a lot of sacrifices and commitments for everyone,” she said. “I just want the trip to be magical for them. I hope that once they get finished, they’ll say it was all worth it, and that they had the time of their life down there.”

According to World Class Vacations, Dance The World is a unique opportunity for dancers to perform in front of thousands of people from around the world at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. This event is a performance festival, not a competition, and allows families to make this “the” family vacation, with the added benefit of watching their son or daughter perform in America’s No. One Destination.

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