Dreams really do come true. Students and teachers at Academy of Dance who wished upon a star for the chance to dance at Disneyland are en route to the Magic Kingdom.
“It’s been a lot of extra rehearsal and a lot of extra work from the dancers, the teachers and even their families. They’ve been dancing non stop,” Krista Faraday, the dance studio’s owner, said Monday.
Faraday and 31 of her students and instructors embarked for California early this morning. They will spend a week riding the rides and mingling with classic Walt Disney characters like Mickey Mouse and Goofy.
But the adventure isn’t just a vacation. Faraday’s pupils will dance in a parade on Disneyland’s main street on Friday and in California Adventure on Saturday. The Academy of Dance performs in the California Adventure Showcase on Sunday.
The performances are set to a medley of rock songs that include Rock and Roll All Night by KISS, We Built this City by Starship and I Wanna Rock by Twisted Sister.
Faraday gave the songs a jazz spin in order to make the music more family friendly.
“It has to be Disneyland appropriate,” she said.
The trip falls on the studio’s 10-year anniversary, which makes it extra exciting, said Faraday. She and a couple of her instructors were in New York last summer for retraining when they met a representative from Disneyland who was promoting the opportunity to bring dancers to the theme park.
What followed was almost a year of meetings, videotaped auditions, and fundraising, she said. And yes, there was a lot of dancing in anticipation of the performances.
Not only has the hard work earned the students their chance to perform in front of the Disney crowds but enough money was raised to pay for the trip and all the expenses, said Faraday.
“I’m excited. I’m really excited for the kids,” she said.