A group of local youth represented Blythe this past December in the happiest place on earth, as the Linda Faulkner Dance School Company Dance Team traveled to Anaheim, Calif., for Disney’s Dance the Magic “Merry Holiday Parade.”
As noted by the Linda Faulkner Dance School, the Dec. 14 showcase was the sixth year the area youth group has performed at Disneyland’s holiday event.
“Dancers begin learning the parade choreography in October. A video evaluation is submitted one month prior to the parade performance,” noted the Linda Faulkner Dance School. “Parade day begins with early morning dress rehearsal with the Dance the Magic Artistic Director and creative team, followed by a professional photo shoot, an awards presentation, and the big performance down Main Street, USA, at Disneyland!”
The 2019 dancers team included: Kali Barnes, Addison Bayles, Amani Burton, Katelyn Bush, Jazmyne Cano, Tawny Hebdon,Nya Jones, Arianna Lee, Armani Levario, Jennifer Lopez, Payton Manjarrez, Ava Presley,Riley Raborn, Kimberly Reyes, Abigail Slagan, Carly Smith, Hadley Van Sickle, Analyse Vingochea, Taylar Villanueva.
“This year, LFDS also had 7 dancers participate in the Dance the Magic Dance Camp. These dancers had the chance to work with Disney Teaching Artists at the Disney Performing Arts Center. These experienced performers, choreographers, and show directors have created the magic at the Walt Disney Company for the Disney Park guests,” stated the Linda Faulkner Dance School. “It was such an honor to learn from them! It was an amazing experience that our dancers won’t forget!”
The Linda Faulkner Dance School directors are Kandi and Kami Atchley.
“We represented our hometown of Blythe to the fullest! We want to thank the community for being so supportive,” noted the Linda Faulkner Dance School. “We couldn’t give our dancers this magical opportunity without the help of the wonderful community of Blythe. Thank you!”