Dancers to perform at Disneyland Paris

Dancers from Starlight Dance studio, Kettering, are off to Disneyland for the attraction's parade.
Dancers from Starlight Dance studio, Kettering, are off to Disneyland for the attraction's parade.
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A dance group is preparing for one of its biggest performances to date after landing a prestigious slot at one of Europe’s biggest theme parks.

Kettering’s Starlight Dance has managed to secure a place at the nightly parade at Disneyland Paris next summer, one of only five groups to be selected from 300 applicants.

In what is shaping up to be a big year for the group, Starlight has also been booked to play a show alongside other dance groups at the Royal Albert Hall in front of more than 1,000 people.

Prinicpal Jacc Batch said: “These are probably the biggest venues we’ve played at since we began.

“When we heard that Disneyland wanted us to perform at their park we were over the Moon, it was such a brilliant feeling.

“From the younger ones we have here to the seniors, they’re all so excited because not many people can say they have had that opportunity.

“The application process is very strict but I think they liked us because of how different we are to many other groups.”

The group had to submit a DVD of its dance routines and this impressed the judges enough to offer them a place.

Starlight will take a selection of students to the French capital to perform next summer when the holiday season is in full swing to join in with Disney characters in the parade which runs through the park’s village.

Hundreds of Disney fans line the streets each night to watch the colourful procession go past.

The group will also perform at the Royal Albert Hall in a show called Mardi Gras alongside several other dance groups.

The dance school will perform its Disturbia routine with students from all age ranges.

Mr Batch added: “We’ve played at Her Majesty’s Theatre before but this is probably a bigger venue.

“We’ll be performing in front of thousands.”