SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP — Six dancers from Jeanne’s Dance Studio in Shawnee Township will have the opportunity to perform in a Christmas parade and on stage at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida.
The dancers will perform on Dec. 13 during a parade that is not televised and is for those who are at Disney to watch. This is the second time the dance studio has performed at Disney, with the last time five years ago.
Dancers at the studio have previously had opportunities to perform on cruise ships, in New York City and at the Cotton Bowl game.
They will fly out of Columbus Airport on Dec. 12 with some dancers parents taking them earlier and will return on Dec. 17.
“We had to submit a video audition to be accepted to participate and the group was invited to attend while competing last dance season in Columbus,” said Jeanne Randall, Jeanne’s Dance Studio owner. The studio is in its 44th season and teaches dance to ages 2 to 18 at the studio at 2788 Oak Hill Court in Shawnee.
Randall said she excited because her daughter, Jessica, son-in-law, Matt and her two grandchildren Henry, 4, and Jack, 3, also will come along for the trip.
Dancers from the studio who will perform include Addison Austin, 12, Jena Blanchong, 14, Triniti Frueh, 13, Madeline Warner, 12, and Sawyer Eblin, 6, all of Lima, and Callie Wieging, 12, Delphos.
Jenna said it is her second time for performing with dance group at Disney. This is her tenth year for dancing with Jeanne’s Dance Studio.
“I’m really excited to get to sight see this time since I didn’t have a lot of time last year to do that,” Blanchong said.
She said dance has taught her to be more confident.
Wieging also said it is her second time going to Disney with the dance group. She also performed five years ago at Disney with the dance group. This is her 11th year for dancing with the group.
“I’m looking forward to dancing in the parade and all the rides,” Wieging said.
She said she has enjoyed learning to dance and enjoys the teachers and other dancers.
Frueh said it is her first time for performing at Disney. She has been a member of Jeanne’s studio for 11 years.
“I’m looking forward to being able to dance with the professionals,” Frueh said.
She said she has learned through dance how to be more confident and kind to others.
It is Austin’s second time for performing in Disney, previously performing five years ago. She has been a member of the team for 11 years.
“I am excited to perform the choreography we have been working on and wearing the costume,” Austin said.
Dance has helped her with social skills and learning to communicate with others.
“The girls are all dedicated dancers and have been dancing since they were 3 years old and are on competition teams,” Jeanne said.
Eblin will be the mascot for the dance team during the performance. Her mother Alicia Odenweller choreographed the dance with another teacher Danielle Wieging that the girls will perform on stage at Disney.
Eblin will wear a Disney shirt in the performance and it is her first time for performing. She has been dancing for four years.
“I’m excited to dance because I love dance and love jazz dance,” Eblin said. She said she is excited to see Minnie and Mickey Mouse.
She said it is a great learning experience for the dancers and they will get to meet other dancers and professionals.
They will take part in two rehearsals and have the opportunity to watch other dancers.
Another opportunity will be perform on stage at Disney on Dec. 15 to a Christmas mix of songs and choreography from Jeanne’s Dance Studio.
They will stay at the Dolphin Resort with their parents and the dancers have a four-day pass to Disney and the option to visit Epcot Center.
Disney sent costumes for the girls to wear in the parade and during their performance and have been practicing choreography for the parade for the past two months. They also have Disney T-shirts they will wear.
They will participate in a Very Merry Christmas party on Dec. 14 where Magic Kingdom will be closed at night to the public and the dancers will get to celebrate.
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