Disneyland show for Sandy’s young dancers

Dancers from Sandra Whiteley's Academy who are heading for Disneyland Paris
Dancers from Sandra Whiteley's Academy who are heading for Disneyland Paris
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Dancers from Sandra Whiteley’s Academy in Halifax are in Paris today, Friday, to entertain the hundreds of visitors to Disneyland.

Forty students aged from eight to 18 years will be presenting a showcase at a new indoor theatre in the resort and then taking part in the famous Disney Parade in the evening which ends with a spectacular firework display.
Sandra Whiteley’s Academy was chosen, along with two other dance schools from the UK, after submitting a DVD to the organisers.

Sandy Whiteley said: “The dancers, girls and boys, are thrilled and excited by this invitation to perform at Disneyland - it is a fantastic opportunity for us.”

The dancers have been hard at work rehearsing a 20-minute routine which will show off their talents at street dance, ballet and modern jazz.

Their music includes the big band number ‘Sing Sing Sing’, the theme to ‘Neverending Story’ and ‘Boom Boom Boom’.

“We had to submit our music and the details of our performance for approval by Disneyland,” said Sandy.

“We have also had to practise our routine for the parade so that it is slick and professional.

“It will be quite a long day, especially for the younger ones, but we are staying in Paris for a couple of days so there will be time for some sightseeing and relaxing.”

It is the second time members of the academy, based at Akroyd Place, have been invited to perform at Disneyland.

Six members of the academy, who have been pupils of Sandy Whiteley since they were three, are leaving this summer to go to university.

The academy holds tuition in all types of dance, singing and music, and drama and regularly puts on shows. Its Starburst Showcase was held at the Victoria Theatre, Halifax, in July.