The Pleasantville High School Dance Team has been invited back to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., to perform.
The team has been invited back every two years for this performance, since 2001.
“We have been fund raising for this trip since June 2012 and the team has raised all the money for the trip,” Coach Lois Turnage said.
To raise funds, the team not only hosted a garage sale, but spent many fall Saturdays parking cars at home football games for Iowa State University.
Katelyn Sanders, Natalie Padellford and Cassidy Krichau said this took a great deal of hard work, but the trip is worth it.
The work the team has done is not limited to its fund raising efforts.
Hours upon hours have been spent rehearsing and preparing for the big performance. The three team members we spoke to say the Florida crowd will be “blown away” by their performance.
The team will present a 22-minute show on the Downtown Disney “Waterfront Stage” on Friday, March 22. They will perform around 10 p.m., which the girls say is different than trips past. There is a chance that the crowd will be larger.
Previous performances have gone over well with Disney crowds.
This year, the team will do six routines: HipHop/”We Run the Night,” Kick/”Home”, Hoop/”Turn Up the Music,” its state championship Jazz performance “How Will I Know,” and its second place Pom/”Tonight” mix, Lyrical Flag/”You Raise me Up.”
Inside the team’s trophy case at Pleasantville High School are Mickey Mouse trophies from past performances. Another one will be added after this year’s trip.
The team members say Disney usually welcomes other teams to performs, but none will perform close to the time Pleasantville will.
Krichau is a freshman, making her first trip, compared to Padellford and Sanders. She is a little nervous about performing at the park, but is excited about the trip.
Padellford and Sanders intend to follow through on plans to parasail at the beach, plans they made the last time the team went to Florida.
The three are eager to take the trip and further bond with teammates, while taking a well-deserved break from the dance team’s practice and performance schedule.
The trip will take place March 20-26. The team will have to quickly turn around to be ready for its Spring Show on March 30.
As for Turnage, she is thankful for the opportunity her team has to showcase the Midwest.
“We are proud to represent not only the school and community of Pleasantville, but also Marion County and the state of Iowa!” Turnage said.