The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

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January 27, 2014


Medina Journal-Register — This summer 23 local families will vacation to Disney World in Orlando, Fla.

Their trip will include one day of business, though, as the kids in those families will be performing in the Magic Kingdom during the stay.

Medina’s Dance Theater, owned by Brandon Johnson, normally sees its competition dance teams do national shows over the summer. This year, Johnson said he submitted his dancers for consideration for a spot in Disney’s performing arts program. Getting notified the squads were chosen was “exciting” for the Dance Theater director.

“I’ve put a lot of work into the studio,” Johnson said. “It’s a chance for the performance of a lifetime for these kids because they’ve never done anything in front of a crowd this size.”

The ages of the dancers making the trip from July 1 to 5 range from the lower grades of elementary school to high school upperclassmen. Many have never been on a plane, let alone to Florida.

Melanie Hibbard, 12, and Dominique Hughes, 16, were among those who have never been to Disney World. They agreed it was going to be a fun trip, but they also said they were looking forward to showing off their moves.

“We’re gonna bring it,” said Hibbard of the hip-hop dance team.

Hughes said the likely large size of the audience will help all the dancers in the long run. “We’ll be dancing in front of a big crowd, and that’s good because it will help us not be so shy.”

The girls added that they were both looking forward to meeting characters, going on some of the more renown rides, shopping, and, according to Hibbard, dressing like a princess.

As for their choice to start hip-hop dance training in the first place, Hibbard and Hughes called the style one of the more fun ones being taught in dance studios today.

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