Dancer's Edge serving up Hot Chocolate at Disney World Christmas Parade and showcase
Dancers pose with their cups of hot chocolate during a Friday night rehearsal at the Dancer's Edge studio in Lacombe. (Ashli Barrett/Lacombe Globe)
They’ve danced on cruises, they’ve danced on a Broadway Stage and now Dancer’s Edge students from Lacombe and Blackfalds will represent Alberta as part of Disney Parks’ taped Christmas parade.
A total of 18 dancers and two instructors will head to Disney World in Florida Nov. 27- Dec. 4 for what is their fourth trip through Dance the Magic.
Instructor Heather Buelow said, however, that it’s a little different than some of the previous shows they’ve been part of.
“This one is their elite show - you have to have done some of the other ones before you can audition for it,” she said. “It’s also a little bit of a higher calibre because this one is also filmed by ABC. It’s the Christmas Parade you’ll see on T.V.”
Naturally, local dancers impressed with their audition tape and are the only studio from Alberta taking part in the parade, which will take a 28-minute loop down Main Street U.S.A. and through the Magical Kingdom.
They won’t just be taking part in the parade, however. They’ll have some team building activities, like attending an Aloha Dinner, Mickey’s Merry Christmas Party and more. There will also be a showcase on the Beauty and the Beast stage where they’ll perform their own number - “Hot Chocolate” - as well as another given to them by Disney choreographers.
“We have three days of dancing - the one day they get to have workshops with the teachers and choreographers from Disney World. Then we’ll do rehearsals and our big showcase,” said Buelow. “On Sunday, the last day we’re there, they perform in the parade.”
While it’s excited to be part of a taped show, however, what Buelow likes most about the trips to Disney are what it does for the dancers.
“It’s just the experience of taking the kids out of small town and showing them that there’s dance around the world,” she said.
“It also brings our studio together like crazy. These 18 kids will have a bond now forever. They become each other’s sisters and it’s fun to see that happen.”