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Generations students kick up their heels at Disney World
By LISA AURAND
Published: Wednesday, August 13, 2008 3:14 PM EDT


All the Disney World was a stage for 86 dancers from Generations Performing Arts Center.

Co-owners and sisters Cindy Straub and Angie Haver took 86 students from ages 8 to 18 from their Westerville studio to perform at the Florida theme park in July.

"You have to send in an audition tape to show that your dancing is of Disney quality and we passed that test," Straub said.

The students danced three performances July 7-9 and had time between shows to have fun at the park with family members who tagged along for the trip.

"There were so many people in the audience we didn't know," said Henderson, who will be a junior at Columbus School for Girls this fall.

"To be able to share our talent with people who aren't used to what we can do was really great," she said. "You could just tell that the people in the audience were enjoying themselves."

The parents were impressed with the audience their own children drew, as well.

"One of the things that parents loved about it was that people from all over the world were there to see their kids," Straub said. "They looked around and the audience just grew and grew."

Henderson said her favorite part of the trip was a workshop with a Disney dancer.

"We got to learn from a person who had been dancing at Disney for a really long time and learn some of the choreography," said Henderson.

Straub said that all the dancers learned a lot from the experience.

"Angie and I, we were truly amazed at how very seriously our students took this performance, how much they improved over the summer," Straub said. "It was they best they've ever performed, the best they've ever done."

Straub said she'd definitely like to take a group of dancers to Disney World in the future, but for now, she's focused on the coming dance season, which starts Aug. 25.

Henderson has been taking dance classes at Generations for eight years and has been dancing since she was three. She's one of three Generations dancers who will be performing as a can-can dancer in the Whiskey Wars mystery dinner theater at 2 and 6 p.m Aug. 23 and 24.

"Starting (Monday, Aug. 11), we'll be practicing every day for the next two weeks," Henderson said. "It's been interesting to work with a lot of people who aren't used to dancers. It's a really unique experience."

Generations' next public performance will be for the Sesquicentennial Celebration Aug. 31 at the Alum Creek Park Amphitheater, 221 W. Main St.

"Angie (Haver) and I, we were truly amazed at how very seriously our students took this performance, how much they improved over the summer. It was they best they've ever performed, the best they've ever done."

--Cindy Straub

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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