After 18 months of preparation, rehearsing and organisation, 72 Engadine High School students from Years 8-12 and 5 teachers embarked on a 13 day Performing Arts Tour to the United States of America travelling to San Francisco and Los Angeles.
The first stop was San Francisco, home of the Golden Gate Bridge and cable cars. The band performed at the famous Pier 39, Fisherman’s Wharf and California’s Great America Theme Park, whilst the dancers took classes at the Alonzo King Lines Ballet.
In Los Angeles, the students travelled to Anaheim where both groups performed at Disneyland. The musicians participated in a film soundtrack workshop with industry legend Stan Freese as well as a 30 minute performance showcasing their brilliant musicianship. The dancers had the wonderful opportunity to perform in the Main St Parade in Disneyland with dancers from across the world performing to “I Wanna Be like You” from the Jungle Book. They also headlined in the inaugural Disney Dance Spectacular with dance groups from across the globe.
The dancers then took part in numerous masterclasses in LA including The Edge PA, Millennium Dance Complex while the band had workshops and an American school experience at Culver City High School and Sheldon High School.
A trip to LA was not complete without seeing the Hollywood sign, Downdown LA, Griffith Observatory and of course the Hollywood Walk of Fame! The dancers finished their tour with a magnificent performance of their 30 minute show at Universal Studios followed by the finale of the band and the very first group to perform at the brand new OUE Sky Space!