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Studio Five Dance Co. performs at Walt Disney World

From left to right, Studio Five Dance Co. members Bailey Joiner, Libby Nelson, Hailey Landers, Carson Gerraty and Valerie Rodriguez perform at part of the Disney Performing Arts Program. The troop was selected to participate in the program after submitting a dance video as part of the application process.
From left to right, Studio Five Dance Co. members Bailey Joiner, Libby Nelson, Hailey Landers, Carson Gerraty and Valerie Rodriguez perform at part of the Disney Performing Arts Program. The troop was selected to participate in the program after submitting a dance video as part of the application process. PHOTO COURTESY OF MEGHAN RETSECK

Members of Studio Five Dance Co. recently entertained Walt Disney World guests in downtown Disney.

The group of 44 dancers, ages 6 to 18, traveled more than 1,100 miles round-trip from Fuquay-Varina to Florida to take part in the Disney Performing Arts Program.

Vocal, instrumental and dance ensembles from around the world apply to perform each year as a part of Disney Youth Performing Arts Program at both the Disneyland Resort and the Walt Disney World Resort.

Once selected, dancers are given the opportunity to perform at the resort for an international audience of theme park guests.

Millions of performers have graced the stages of the Disney Parks in the more than 25-year history of the program.

The application process includes submitting a video of dancers performing.

After being selected to participate, Studio Five Dance Co. spent four days at Disney.

The troop performed one day, and the dancers and their families got to enjoy the park the rest of their stay.

“They got to play the whole rest of the time,” said Meghan Retseck, owner of Studio Five Dance Co.

This was Studio Five Dance Co.’s second visit to the resort with the Disney Performing Arts Program.

The troop also performed in the Disney program two years ago.

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