Seventy people from Helotes and TJ’s Dance Factory traveled to New York City to participate in dance classes at New York City dance studios and to attend two Broadway musicals.
“I wanted to give my students something different this year,” said Terri Johnson, owner TJ’s Dance Factory. “This was our 3oth year and I decided I wanted the students to have the opportunity to learn and witness what can happen when you work hard and are dedicated to your craft. So instead of competing at a National event, I wanted the students to go to New York City.”
69 people including instructors, parents, and students boarded a plane and few to the Big Apple. For some of the students this was the first trip for them to fly. The students spent four days in the City and attended classes two of those days. The classes included Hip Hop and Tap.
Additionally, students attended the musical performances of Aladdin and Matilda. Most of the students shared their favorite musical was Aladdin. Most of the students met the cast members of Aladdin after the show.
However, Kaitie Emshoff expressed disappointment, “I wanted to meet Matilda, but children under a certain age were not able to meet or take pictures with anyone after the show.”
The hardest part of the trip according to many was the walking. “We had a parent who had a watch that tracked mileage and we went 10.3 miles in one day.”
The company had the opportunity to visit Radio City Music Hall, Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, and different dance studios. The dancers also had the opportunity to tour the backstage of the theatre where Aladdin played.
The students enjoyed the personal attention they received during lessons. “We were not intimidated because we were a group. Many times at convention other dancers are not nice and they push us out of the way. Here it was just us.”
Everyone enjoyed their time and can’t wait to return to the City very soon.