Young stars to dazzle in US

America-bound: A group of Australian Dance and Drama Co's top dancers left for California on the weekend, ahead of their performance at Disneyland. Picture: Simon Bennett

America-bound: A group of Australian Dance and Drama Co's top dancers left for California on the weekend, ahead of their performance at Disneyland. Picture: Simon Bennett

TWENTY-THREE dancers from Moorebank's Australian Dance and Drama Co are now in California, ready to reveal their talent.

In the coming weeks the group will visit Disneyland, where they will take part in two parades and stage eight special performances.

Dance school principal Debra Atkins said the group would also perform at Universal Studios, and complete workshops with Disney choreographers and at the Edge Performing Arts Studios in Hollywood.

"The families have been fund-raising for over a year now and so far have raised more than $70,000 between them," Mrs Atkins said.

"Most recently we were sponsored by Liverpool City Council who donated $200 to each child to help offset the cost of the tour."

Mrs Atkins said the funds raised had allowed the dancers to bring their families with them.

"With a total party of 69 people travelling there will be lots of support for these young people," she said.

"This tour to Disneyland will be the biggest undertaking of the studio yet.

"I'd recommend people keep an eye on our Facebook Page — Australian Dance and Drama Co — for daily pictures and news of our tour."

Australian Dance and Drama Co offers more than 50 classes each week, including acrobatics, cheerleading, music theatre, jazz, tap and ballet.

"We believe in giving every child the opportunity to perform," Mrs Atkins said.

"We regularly perform at the Liverpool Catholic Club on the first Saturday of each month.

"This gives the children the chance to perform in a professional atmosphere with an admiring audience."

She said the school also performed at council events, fetes and football games.

"All the children love to dance and come every week, some as many as 10 times a week with a smile on their faces eager to strut their stuff."

Follow the schools progress here: on.fb.me/1j2QgSw.

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