Members of the Harker Heights High School’s Crimson Belles and Rosettes dance teams became stars of their own Disney show March 9 when they entertained guests at the Waterside Stage in Downtown Disney at the Walt Disney World Resort.
The student performers, under the direction of Amy Drozd, put on a 15-minute choreographed show for guests.
The group’s dances were set to a Disney music mix featuring such classics as “Under the Sea” from “The Little Mermaid” and “I Just Can’t Wait To Be King” from “The Lion King.”
“The girls did a great job and they had fun,” said Drozd adding that the team traveled more than 1,100 miles to take part in the Disney Performing Arts Program’s Magic Music Days. “I was a little concerned about such a long performance with the costume changes, but they pulled it off, and I am so proud of them.”
By being part of this special show, the students got an inside look at what it is like to be a professional in the entertainment industry.
“Participating in Magic Music Days was a once in a lifetime opportunity, and I’m glad I got to experience it with my very talented team,” said Lyndsey Loughran, a senior and Crimson Belles captain. “Performing in Downtown Disney was incredible; I loved watching our audience dance along and make this the magical experience we all wanted.”
This was the dance team’s second visit, having first performed in 2005.
“(It) was a wonderful experience and the feeling of having that chance is unexplainable,” said Quendra Benjamin, a sophomore member of the Rosettes. “Performing ... was just so amazing and a feeling like no other, because I get to do something at a place that is all about performing.”
Vocal, instrumental and dance ensembles from around the world apply to perform each year as a part of Disney Performing Arts at both the Disneyland Resort in California and the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Once selected, they are given the opportunity to perform at the resort for an international audience of theme park guests.
“Getting the chance to participate in Magic Music Days was such an amazing experience for me, and I am so happy I got to perform with my amazing team,” said Claire Hayes, a freshman member of the Crimson Belles.
The Crimson Belles, a varsity level dance and drill team, and the Rosettes, the junior varsity team, were created in 2000. The team competes against other high school teams throughout Central Texas. For more information on the team, email Amy.Drozd@killeenisd.org.