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Posted on : Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Step Up Academy is the First Ever UAE Dance School Chosen to Perform at Disneyland Paris
A group of 22 young dancers, from 14 different countries set to represent UAE in front of Disneyland crowds on 28th March
22 March 2017, UAE, Dubai: Step Up Academy, a homegrown dance school from Dubai, has announced that it is the first and only group from the UAE to be chosen to perform live at one of the largest and most high profile venues in the world, Disneyland Paris. On 28th March, the unique group of 22 young dancers from 14 different countries will showcase their talent at the ‘Perform in the Magic’ show in front of an audience of more than one thousand spectators – proudly representing the rich diversity of the UAE as well as its position as a hub for high quality art and dance.
Following a strict audition process, the young group made it through with the support of their five dance teachers including Victoria Lovering, Step Up Academy Manager. They are set to perform a 20 minute piece, inspired by their own roots – whereby they will portray the beauty of diversity and highlight how art and dance in the UAE brings people together.

Victoria Lovering commented, “We are so proud to have been invited to perform on such a globally recognised stage and in doing so, represent the UAE. Our students and our dance teachers have worked incredibly hard to achieve this acknowledgement from Disneyland Paris. They are all truly passionate about dance, which has shone through during the audition period and we are confident that our group of talented youngsters are going to wow the audiences with their performance.”

During their trip to Disneyland Paris, the students and teachers will be treated to the full Disney treatment including an exclusive workshop with its own musical theatre and dance professionals.

“At Step Up Academy we give the students the highest level of training and encourage their love for the art form. We focus on building a strong family bond with all our students and their parents – so this makes the opportunity coming up even more special” continued Lovering.

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Published: 14:56 March 22, 2017
Dancers from Dubai to showcase at Disneyland Paris
22 young dancers living in the UAE will perform in front of a large audience on March 28 at the entertainment park
After several rounds of auditions, 22 dancers from the dance school, Step Up Academy, have been chosen to represent the diversity of the UAE at the Disney Paris on March 28.
The dancers are set to perform a 20-minute piece, inspired by their roots, in front of a large audience in Paris.

“We are so proud to have been invited to perform on such a globally recognised stage and in doing so, represent the UAE. Our students and our dance teachers have worked incredibly hard to achieve this acknowledgement from Disneyland Paris. They are all truly passionate about dance, which has shone through during the audition period and we are confident that our group of talented youngsters are going to wow the audiences with their performance,” said Victoria Lovering from the Step Up Academy in a statement.

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Melanie Swan
Posted on : March 26, 2017 03:44 PM
Local dance troupe to represent UAE with Disneyland Paris performance
DUBAI // A troupe of 22 young dancers is heading to Disneyland Paris this week to perform for crowds at the theme park, which is one of Europe’s biggest.
Step Up Academy in Motor City won the spot after submitting a Bollywood performance on video to the judges in France.
The expat youngsters, aged between 8 and 15, from 14 countries including Colombia, Egypt, Lebanon and Italy, will perform their 20-minute piece to more than 1,000 spectators.
“We are so proud to have been invited to perform on such a globally recognised stage and in doing so represent the UAE,” said the academy’s manager and choreographer, Victoria Lovering.
“Our students and our dance teachers have worked incredibly hard to achieve this acknowledgement from Disneyland Paris.
“They are all truly passionate about dance, which has shone through during the audition period, and we are confident that our group of talented youngsters are going to wow the audiences with their performance.”
During their trip, the students and teachers will take part in a workshop with the resort’s musical theatre and dance professionals.
Each year, Disney Performing Arts OnStage opens the door for amateur groups from around the world to be a Disney performer for a day. It is open to instrumental, choral, dance and parade groups.
The five songs for the performances, which will include street jazz and hip-hop, all represent diversity, including We Go Together from the movie Grease, and We Are One, a World Cup anthem.
Lina Jouha’s daughter Lourdes, 8, is one of the youngest children taking part in the performance.
The dancer and gymnast has four sessions a week at the dance academy on weekends or after school.
“This has been a beautiful way for us to see her true capacity,” Mrs Jouha said. “We never knew she had this in her.
“She’s grown in confidence so much and seeing her on stage, we have learnt more about her. Doing things like this are really inspiring her to see there is a career in this if she wants it.
“She is talking about wanting to be a dancer, and doing this trip is the kind of thing that gives her access to that experience and to help her grow her confidence.”
She said Lourdes was nervous because she was accustomed to smaller school performances.
Mihai Sarbu, a Dubai hand-balancing and aerial performer, said such international events were a positive way to highlight UAE talent.
“It’s great experience for these children to do this,” he said. “It’s a big venue with high expectations on the performers and it will teach the kids how to deal with real-time stage pressure.
“It’s different when you’re at home, when you know many people in the audience, when the venues are small, but something like this takes you more into the world of a professional performer.
“They will see how things work from the lighting to the dress rehearsals, and it will be a good learning experience to take them out of their comfort zone.
“It will really help them to decide if it’s something they want to pursue more seriously.”

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Updated on: 21 March 2017
Local dance troupe to represent UAE with Disneyland Paris performance
Step Up Academy, a homegrown dance school from Dubai, has been chosen to perform live at one of the largest and most high profile venues in the world, Disneyland Paris. On Tuesday 28th March, the unique group of 22 young dancers from 14 different countries will showcase their talent at the ‘Perform in the Magic’ show in front of an audience of more than one thousand spectators – proudly representing the rich diversity of the UAE as well as its position as a hub for high quality art and dance.

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Melanie Swan
mswan@thenational.ae
The National
Posted on : March 26, 2017 03:44 PM
Local dance troupe to represent UAE with Disneyland Paris performance
DUBAI // A troupe of 22 young dancers is heading to Disneyland Paris this week to perform for crowds at the theme park, which is one of Europe’s biggest.
Step Up Academy in Motor City won the spot after submitting a Bollywood performance on video to the judges in France.
The expat youngsters, aged between 8 and 15, from 14 countries including Colombia, Egypt, Lebanon and Italy, will perform their 20-minute piece to more than 1,000 spectators.
“We are so proud to have been invited to perform on such a globally recognised stage and in doing so represent the UAE,” said the academy’s manager and choreographer, Victoria Lovering.
“Our students and our dance teachers have worked incredibly hard to achieve this acknowledgement from Disneyland Paris.
“They are all truly passionate about dance, which has shone through during the audition period, and we are confident that our group of talented youngsters are going to wow the audiences with their performance.”
During their trip, the students and teachers will take part in a workshop with the resort’s musical theatre and dance professionals.
Each year, Disney Performing Arts OnStage opens the door for amateur groups from around the world to be a Disney performer for a day. It is open to instrumental, choral, dance and parade groups.
The five songs for the performances, which will include street jazz and hip-hop, all represent diversity, including We Go Together from the movie Grease, and We Are One, a World Cup anthem.
Lina Jouha’s daughter Lourdes, 8, is one of the youngest children taking part in the performance.
The dancer and gymnast has four sessions a week at the dance academy on weekends or after school.
“This has been a beautiful way for us to see her true capacity,” Mrs Jouha said. “We never knew she had this in her.
“She’s grown in confidence so much and seeing her on stage, we have learnt more about her. Doing things like this are really inspiring her to see there is a career in this if she wants it.
“She is talking about wanting to be a dancer, and doing this trip is the kind of thing that gives her access to that experience and to help her grow her confidence.”
She said Lourdes was nervous because she was accustomed to smaller school performances.
Mihai Sarbu, a Dubai hand-balancing and aerial performer, said such international events were a positive way to highlight UAE talent.
“It’s great experience for these children to do this,” he said. “It’s a big venue with high expectations on the performers and it will teach the kids how to deal with real-time stage pressure.
“It’s different when you’re at home, when you know many people in the audience, when the venues are small, but something like this takes you more into the world of a professional performer.
“They will see how things work from the lighting to the dress rehearsals, and it will be a good learning experience to take them out of their comfort zone.
“It will really help them to decide if it’s something they want to pursue more seriously.”

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Posted on : 24.03.17
Could one of these kids be the next Minnie Mouse?
Kids from a Dubai dance school won’t be acting goofy when they perform for visitors at Disneyland Paris.
Step Up Dance Academy has been picked from thousands of auditionees to perform at the European theme park next week.
On 28th March, 22 young dancers from 14 different countries will showcase their talents at fresh talent fest ‘Perform in the Magic’, in front of an audience of more than 1,000.
The girls, aged eight to 15, had to wait a nail-biting eight weeks before they were told their video audition had been successful. Now they will travel from Dubai to the French capital to bop through a carefully-choreographed 20-minute piece, inspired by their own roots and the diversity of the UAE.
Victoria Lovering, who managers the dance school in Motor City, said: “We are so proud to have been invited to perform on such a globally recognised stage and in doing so, represent the UAE.
“Their performance is a mixture of lyrical and hip-hop and a celebration of how dance brings people together. They are all truly passionate about dance, which has shone through during the audition period.”
During their trip, the students and teachers will also take part in a workshop with Disney dance professionals who train cast members, so who knows, could the next Minnie Mouse be from Dubai?
And, of course, they’ll have earnt a break, in the shape of a five-day pass to explore the 4,800 acre park, which features rides inspired by Pocahontas, Peter Pan, Aladdin and more.
For info on classes and more, www.stepup.ae. Apex Atrium, Dubai Motor City. Open from 9.30am (9am Saturdays, 8.30am Thursdays, closed Fridays).

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MENAFN Press – 23/03/2017
Step Up Academy is the First Ever UAE Dance School Chosen to Perform at Disneyland Paris
A group of 22 young dancers, from 14 different countries set to represent UAE in front of Disneyland crowds on 28th March
22 March 2017, UAE, Dubai: Step Up Academy, a homegrown dance school from Dubai, has announced that it is the first and only group from the UAE to be chosen to perform live at one of the largest and most high profile venues in the world, Disneyland Paris. On 28th March, the unique group of 22 young dancers from 14 different countries will showcase their talent at the ‘Perform in the Magic’ show in front of an audience of more than one thousand spectators proudly representing the rich diversity of the UAE as well as its position as a hub for high quality art and dance.
Following a strict audition process, the young group made it through with the support of their five dance teachers including Victoria Lovering, Step Up Academy Manager.
They are set to perform a 20 minute piece, inspired by their own roots whereby they will portray the beauty of diversity and highlight how art and dance in the UAE brings people together.
Victoria Lovering commented, ‘We are so proud to have been invited to perform on such a globally recognised stage and in doing so, represent the UAE. Our students and our dance teachers have worked incredibly hard to achieve this acknowledgement from Disneyland Paris. They are all truly passionate about dance, which has shone through during the audition period and we are confident that our group of talented youngsters are going to wow the audiences with their performance.
During their trip to Disneyland Paris, the students and teachers will be treated to the full Disney treatment including an exclusive workshop with its own musical theatre and dance professionals.
‘At Step Up Academy we give the students the highest level of training and encourage their love for the art form. We focus on building a strong family bond with all our students and their parents so this makes the opportunity coming up even more special continued Lovering.
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