Disney dance honour for youngsters

Cats with Red Shoes dancers prepare for their trip to Disneyland Paris

Cats with Red Shoes dancers prepare for their trip to Disneyland Paris

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Young dancers will be hoping they don’t have a nightmare when they perform at Disneyland Paris for Halloween.

A team of 29 performers is heading to the French theme park from the Cats with Red Shoes dance school to help mark its 10th anniversary.

Cats with Red Shoes dancers prepare for their trip to Disneyland Paris

Cats with Red Shoes dancers prepare for their trip to Disneyland Paris

The Red Shoes International Showteam are taught by the appropriately-named mother and daughter duo Sandy and Hayley Dancy at their South Shore studios, off Highfield Road.

Their 30-minute performance will feature routines to music from Bring It On, the cheerleading musical, spooky spectacular The Nightmare Before Christmas and festive treat Elf The Musical.

And Hayley and Sandy believe their’s is the first school in Blackpool, and possibly Lancashire, to have had the opportunity to dance at the Videopolis stage, right at the heart of the Disney park - securing their slot with videos of their work.

“It’s something we’ve been looking into doing for about six years, and it’s our tenth anniversary this year, so it was the perfect time to take it up,” Hayley said.

It’s something we’ve been looking into doing for about six years, and it’s our tenth anniversary this year, so it was the perfect time to take it up.

Hayley Dancy

“Disney have such high standards and we are very proud of them.”

They’re ready for the challenge too, which will include all 29 girls changing costume in just 30 seconds between each section of their show - which as well as dance, features drama, gymnastics, cheerleading and ballet.

The dancers, aged eight to 16, have been attending an extra class each week for more than six months to prepare for the performance.

They will head off from Blackpool at midnight on Tuesday, October 27, enjoy at two-night stay at the pirate-themed Explorers Hotel - with time to experience the rides and shows of the theme park - before taking to the stage on Friday, October 30.

Cats with Red Shoes dancers prepare for their trip to Disneyland Paris

Cats with Red Shoes dancers prepare for their trip to Disneyland Paris

“They always work so hard for me and my mum in classes, and are really dedicated,” Hayley added. “They go to each other’s houses and work in their dances too, and they never stop laughing.”

One of the team’s proud mums Julie Clarke will be supporting her two daughters Holly, 10, and Mia, nine.

She said: “They have all worked so hard rehearsing their routines and can’t wait to meet Mickey and Minnie too.

“My girls have never been abroad before and have been counting down to this day for the past 12 months.

“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the children and the parents too. Lots of memories will be made which will last forever.”

The showcase is part of the Disney Performing Arts programme which gives amateur groups the chance to perform at Disneyland Paris - offering a glimpse into Disney’s world of entertainment and the experience of being a ‘Disney performer’ for the day. Groups go through a strict application process to ensure they fit Disney’s criteria.