Disney date beckons for North Tyneside dance school

Young North Tyneside dancers are set to showcase their skills in front of thousands of people at a Disney theme park.

Tuesday, 14th January 2020, 2:09 pm
Updated Wednesday, 15th January 2020, 10:03 am
Youngsters at Stars Academy are set to perform at EuroDisney.

Students from Stars Academy, a contemporary dance school in Shiremoor, were selected ahead of hundreds of hopefuls across Europe to dance on stage at Disney.

They will be performing side by side with the likes of Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Anna and Elsa from Frozen when they take to the main performance stage at EuroDisney in Paris later this year.

The school, which teaches more than 110 students across a range of dance disciplines, including contemporary, street, ballet, tap and theatre craft, is to send 25 of its pupils across to Paris to appear as part of a Disney entertainment extravaganza over the busy Easter break.

Dance principal at Stars Academy, Victoria Thompson, said: “I was as dumbstruck and excited as the students when we received the email to say Stars Academy was the school they wanted to see perform on stage at EuroDisney.

“Competition to dance there is so fierce and hundreds of dance schools from all over Europe try to secure this slot.

“I’m so proud of each and every one of my students.

“They have put so much into this, but they know the hard work starts now.

“They’re even more determined than I am to put on a show for Disney fans to remember.”

Stars Academy students will dance a 20-minute slot over the peak Easter period in April. The students will also undertake a once-in-a-lifetime dance workshop with the Disney choreographers while there.

Take us 2 The Magic, a specialist organisation who works with Disney to unearth the most talented performers across Europe, has praised Stars Academy’s achievements.

The school had to submit a two-minute film for their original audition, a film they shot against the backdrop of the Spanish City in Whitley Bay.

Additional films, performing different dance disciplines then needed to be submitted before they were given the thumbs up in meeting Disney’s exacting standards.

In its selection letter, Take Us 2 The Magic, said: “The energy throughout their performances was fantastic and the joy all the group has to performing is really well illustrated throughout.

“The choreography was really well presented and was really well suited to all the different age groups. Their movements were powerfully executed and their timing and spacing was so neat.”

Stars Academy was launched by Victoria Thompson in 2005 and is affiliated with the International Dance Teachers’ Association (IDTA).

It recently expanded into its own dedicated dance studios in Shiremoor. It competes regularly in a range of dance competitions across the UK, and recently won the Under 16s BDO British Championships.