The West Bridgford School Dancers – Disneyland Paris 2017

Celebrating with the trophiesOn Friday 17th February 2017, 31 of the West Bridgford School’s dance students took to the stage in Disneyland Paris. Whilst there they competed against 7 dance schools from across the UK as well as Canada and Germany. The standard of competition was high with most of the dance schools receiving pre-professional training; where one dance school from Canada received 25 hours training each week!

The girls took to the stage with 36 routines in total including; 8 group pieces and 28 duets and solos. The routines boasted a variety of styles from jazz, tap and ballet to acro/gym, lyrical and hip-hop. The girls performed in dazzling costumes including sequin coated dresses for ‘Feeling Good’, chequered leggings and tutus for ‘Wonderland’ as well as gold sparkling tops for the ‘Lion King’.  The girls felt nervous, yet entered the stage with their heads held high and gleaming smiles ready to compete for the selection of trophies which were on offer.

The competition day ended after 8 hours of dancing and the girls all sat on the stage nervously waiting for the final results! The room was filled with excitement and applause when the West Bridgford Schools students’ names were called winning, in total, 12, 1st place trophies for solos and duets. Next up to be announced were the group dances. Yet again the West Bridgford School dance group was announced as winning 6, 1st place trophies and 2, 2nd place medals for the group performances. In addition to this, the judges also announced the West Bridgford School as receiving the highest scoring group performance. Another trophy to add to the collection! What a fantastic achievement for the students and the school. The girls were elated at this brilliant news!

The best result however, was yet to come as all of the students involved turned their attention to the one remaining Group Photo with Minnie and Mickeytrophy. The biggest trophy of all! This trophy was to be awarded for the highest overall score total from the competition day. The room fell silent and a drum roll began. The announcer paused before revealing that the West Bridgford School were the overall winners of the international competition! The girls rushed to their feet to collect their prize and emotions were running high, not only from the students but also from all of the staff that attended.

The students and staff celebrated with an evening meal in the Disneyland park reflecting on the achievements of the day. The dancing however, was not over yet! The following day, well rested and ready to go, the students made their way to the Disney Castle in the Magic Kingdom. Following the students’ audition for the pre-parade on the previous day there was even more exciting news ahead! The West Bridgford School was asked to lead the Disney pre-parade down Mainstreet USA in front of 15,000 spectators. A once in a lifetime experience for the girls involved, creating memories that would last a lifetime.

This trip certainly had the extra special sprinkle of fairy dust and was one that will never be forgotten! Congratulations and Well done to all those involved in Disneyland Paris 2017!

Click here to view a brief video of the trip!


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