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DISNEY PERFORMERS: Center Stage School of Dance students performed at Walt Disney World for Disney Magic Music Days. The dance school has performed since 2006 at the event. Invitation to perform at the event is only extended after individual auditions and Disney approval. Photo submitted
DISNEY PERFORMERS: Center Stage School of Dance students performed at Walt Disney World for Disney Magic Music Days. The dance school has performed since 2006 at the event. Invitation to perform at the event is only extended after individual auditions and Disney approval.
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Local students perform at Walt Disney World

Published 7:00am Saturday, May 3, 2014

 

Local students of Center Stage School of Dance returned from their participation of Disney Magic Music Days at Walt Disney World on April 18.

The Picayune dance school has performed at Walt Disney World every other year since 2006, said Assistant Dance Teacher JoEllyn Berry.

Berry has danced with Center Stage School of Dance, which is owned and operated by Tonya Barnum, since 2002.

Berry said that in order for the students to perform, they each had to send in an audition tape to Walt Disney executives, along with dance routines to be performed and costumes that would be worn.

“Around 25 students went and performed Jazz, lyrical and hip-hop routines,” Berry said.

“They get so much out of the experience besides the opportunity to perform at Disney. The opportunity gives them a better advantage to become an employee of Disney as a dancer, if they have participated.”

The dancers will be performing the same numbers at their dance recital on June 14, at the Picayune High School Auditorium. Recital times have not yet been determined. For more information call 601-273-0258.

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