In November, 12-year-old Emma Blesity, a Dance Extreme dance student, had an opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to dance down Main Street U.S.A. in Disney’s The Magic Kingdom.
“I’m very grateful that I had the chance to be part of the Be Discovered Disney Intensive program, choreographed by William Blair,” shared Emma of the experience. “Will is a talented professional Dancer who has performed in several shows, commercials, and concerts. Hel also has a degree in Psychology and specializes in youth outreach programs. He’s a role model. He was very focused on education.”
Emma has been dancing at Dance Extreme since she was 2 and a half years old. She attended Dance Extreme’s Creative Movement classes at a young age, and she has since blossomed into a dedicated, hard-working, passionate dancer. Her Disney experience provided Emma with many new dance ‘firsts,’ but what she remembers most are the words of Choreographer William Blair.
“He said repeatedly that school always comes first, even if you want to pursue a career in dance. He taught us that the dance industry is tough and competitive. He stressed the importance of working hard because talent and skill are not enough. Will said dreams don’t work unless you do. Throughout the program, he threw daily challenges at all the dancers to see who was ready to work during the long sessions.”
Laura Ashley Foster, Talent Director, who specializes in the art of musical theatre and was a Disney performer, organized guest instructors from all genres of dance, including Jazz and Ballet, a professional photo shoot, a mock audition with a real casting Director from Disney World, and many fun team events with the 23 dancers from all over North America.
When asked about her most memorable moments, Emma shared that she performed on ‘The Beauty and The Beast’ stage in Hollywood Studios and in the ‘Dance the Magic’ Christmas parade on Main Street U.S.A. in the Magic Kingdom.
Emma’s joy for the art of dance is evident when she shares of her experience.
“I cannot express how appreciative I am to be a part of such an amazing program,” she said. “Thank you, Be Discovered and Dance the Magic, for such a wonderful opportunity.”
Emma also attributes her experiences leading up to her trip of a lifetime and thanks her “phenomenal dance studio,” Dance Extreme, for “the world’s best instructors and their care and support.”
Dance Extreme congratulates Emma on her first international performance!
By Richelle Hirlehey