Spalding dance academy in dreamland as Polka Dot shines in Disney’s City of Lights

Award-winning Polka Dot Dance Academy members with Mickey and Minnie Mouse at Disneyland Paris.
Award-winning Polka Dot Dance Academy members with Mickey and Minnie Mouse at Disneyland Paris.
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The streets of Paris will be forever paved with gold for 13 youngsters from a Spalding dance group who now have nine awards in the trophy cabinet.

Dreams came true for Polka Dot Dance Academy whose young dancing stars flourished at the Equity and Ultimate Dance Championships staged at Disneyland Paris during the February half-term holidays.

The championships, billed as “the ultimate competitive dance event for young performers run by dancers for dancers” and organised by Brighton-based Equity (Inspired Learning), delivered wins for Polka Dot dancers in the Best Entertainment, Hip-Hop Piece amd Jazz Duet categories.

Becky Tarrant of Polka Dot Dance Academy said: “This trip was an amazing opportunity for everyone involved as it involved a competiton where the children could showcase their talents before a team of top industry judges, competing to win the Equity and Ultimate Star 2016 title.

“We wowed the Disneyland Paris crowds in the pre-parade around Disneyland Park and along Main Street USA, meeting and making new friends from around the country and creating memories that will last forever.

“Polka Dot Dance Academy took 13 students from its Dance Troupe classes to compete in the competition which included a jazz routine to the song Dear Future Husband (by American singer-songwriter Meghan Trainor) that won first place and brought us the Best Entertainment Trophy.

Polka Dot Dance Academy students at the Equity and Ultimate Dance Championships in France.

Polka Dot Dance Academy students at the Equity and Ultimate Dance Championships in France.

“We also entered two duets and one solo dancer in competitions, with Joshua Horrocks and Miranda Hutchinson doing a Michael Jackson-style hip-hop piece which won first place.

“Also, James and Zoe Worthington did a jazz duet which also won first place and Olivia Barron-clark did a hip-hop Beyonce solo for which she came first and won her the Junior Star award as well.”

The group had to fundraise themselves to enter the competition which also saw Zoe Worthington win the Judges’ Choice dancer award and Mirand Hutchinson take home first prize in a knockout dance competition.

Becky said: “The children absolutely smashed the pre-parade and their performances, so I couldn’t be prouder of each and every one of them.”

We wowed the Disneyland Paris crowds in the pre-parade, meeting and making new friends from around the country and creating memories that will last forever

Becky Tarrant of Polka Dot Dance Academy, Spalding

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