Young dancers live the Disney dream

Students from the Southern Academy of Dance will be heading to Hong Kong to perform at Disney Land. Photo: Inga Williams / The Satellite
Students from the Southern Academy of Dance will be heading to Hong Kong to perform at Disney Land. Photo: Inga Williams / The Satellite Inga Williams

HAYLEY Tronson didn't have to wish upon a star for her dream to perform at Disneyland to come true.

Instead it took a lot of fundraising and even more time practicing her dance routines.

The 11-year-old performer is one of 18 Southern Academy of Dance students who will showcase their talents on stage this week at Hong Kong Disneyland.

The Inala based academy received a special invitation earlier this year, to perform in the theme park's street parades and stage shows.

Since then, the students aging from 10 to 18-years-old, have been fundraising and rehearsing rigorously for the trip.

"It's been a really fun experience learning all the new dances and putting everything together," Miss Tronson said.

Principal Sandra Breen said it was the first time the academy, established 47 years ago, had travelled overseas to perform.

"It'll be a big deal for these young dancers to perform in an event like this," she said.

"It's an overseas experience so different from anything they have done before that will broaden their horizons of dance and enhance their confidence."

Mrs Breen said one of the biggest challenges with preparing for the trip was raising enough money to cover the costs of putting the show together.

"We held a lot of big scale fundraising events this year to help pay for props, costumes and travel uniforms," she said. "Thankfully we've had a lot of support from the community including local businesses and the council to get to where we are now."

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