Many families take a summer trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. A group of dance students from Fort Wayne did more than just visit the park this summer, they performed on the Disney stage.
Sheekristyle Academy of Dance performed a routine called “Boom”. “We submitted a video this past January and they accepted us on a routine called Boom,” said Sheenah Johnson, owner of Sheekristyle Academy of Dance.
For 19 years Johnson has been trying to get a group of kids from her dance school to perform at Disney World. This year Boom got 35 of them there. “I felt like I was pushed forward knowing I can be myself when I dance and always strive for the best,” said 12 year old Anika Bobeck, one of the student dancers.
“It was a lot of work,” said Dinari Beasley. At seven years old Beasley is one of the youngest members of the group. “I was nervous and after we danced to Boom we took a big picture and the people were cheering for us.”
Johnson said the entire experience was magical. “We were invited to Disney to perform for the Disney Performing Arts Workshop. We had a workshop for one day with Disney cast members and choreographers and then we had a performance at the Disney Springs marketplace stage where we performed in a 25 minute showcase.”
The dancing trip marked the first visit to Disney World for some of the young dancers. “It was really fun,” said 11 year old Luke Mansfield. “I got to go to the different parks and ride different rides. It was a pretty amazing experience.”
Two companies Kachmann Wellness and SMK Heating and Air Conditioning helped sponsor the trip and parents and chaperones made the mouse, the ears and the accolades possible. A total of 91 people journeyed to Disney World. “It was very positive. We were just as excited as the kids,” said parent and chaperone Jamie Bowen. “I had every emotion between excited, emotional crying you know, tears of happiness. Happy tears.”
“Knowing that we got to represent Fort Wayne and show our skills I think is so cooI,” said Bobeck.