Award Winning Terryville Dance Students Selected to Perform at Disney

Last month, a team of 50 dancers, both boys and girls, headed to Florida to dance on the stage at Walt Disney World. This was the second time the studio had auditioned and was selected to perform an exclusive show at the famous theme park. “Our first time we performed in Disney was truly an in- credible experience for myself and my dancers, “Mary Marrone, director of RFTS. “I couldn’t be more proud of each dancer and how they performed. Our Disney director commended our dancers saying that they were one of the most entertaining groups he has seen dance in this performance program as well as technically proficient in so many genres.” RFTS had to choreograph a half hour show for the Disney stage that consisted of only their dancers. Marrone describes, “this is an amazing opportunity for my dancers, not only being able to showcase their talents but also our choreography and be able to expose our dancers to career possibilities and further their dance training.”

Shortly after arriving, the dancers took classes with Disney professionals. The classes consisted of dance choreography, mock auditions, training session on resumes, headshots and their possible future career in Disney as well college internships available to them. The group performed their show during the week of Independence Day. They were extremely honored to be performing during this holiday week and honored each branch of the military throughout their performance. Honoring veterans and saluting the brave men and women who fight to keep us safe, has always been a priority at Reach for the Stars.

RFTS just held their end of the year production at the Warner Theatre, then headed to Florida to perform in Disney and also compete at Nationals. We are also happy to announce they came back National Champions including top 10 and top 5 highest scoring routines, Olivia Christopher of Terryville is the Junior national solo champion as well as Samuel Barbati of Bristol is the Teen national solo champion. Three of their dancers, Faith Black, Kirsten Ireland and Trinity Moulton were Allstars who performed in the national opening number. The studio was also chosen to re-compete in the Grandcham- pionships because of their high-scoring routines. Overall, out of the numerous other studios from across the U.S. and Canada, Reach for the Stars was one of the top five scoring dance studios and were the only studio representing CT. This has been a very busy but exciting time of the season! Congratulations to the dancers of Reach for the Stars on this amazing accomplishment and for representing Terryville, CT in such a professional way. Anyone interested in becoming part of this studio, please visit their website WWW. RFTSAD.COM, email rfts- dance@gmail.com or call 860-582-4570. They are currently accepting registration July 29-August 2 from 4:00-7:00pm.