Dance Group Travel to Southern California: Dancing with the Stars!

There was a time when dancers dreamed of moving to New York City to perform on Broadway, with the Alvin Ailey Dance Company, the New York City Ballet, or as a world famous Radio City Music Hall Rockette.  After Busby Berkely introduced us to the movie musical, with heavily choreographed features including Footlight Parade and 42nd Street, dancers found a new way to dream.  Then we were introduced to stars such as Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers, Gene Kelley, Donald O’Connor and the Sharks and Jets from the 1961 Academy Award Winning Best Picture West Side Story.  The dance map was changed forever.  Dance studios can be found all over the United States, dancers could now make a living as a professional on either coast.

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Though your dance group may not be looking for professional opportunities quite yet, there are plenty of great reasons to plan a dance group trip to Southern California.   The climate has often been described as “perfect” and with good reason.  It is mostly sunny and warm with gentle Ocean breezes throughout the year with an average of 329 days of sunshine.  There are theme parks and movie and television studios, and shopping for days.  On occasion, groups can even attend a taping of such hit television shows like “So You Think You Can Dance” or “Dancing with the Stars”.  If you are looking for an exciting destination to bring your dance group this is it!

In addition to the sights and sounds, there are performance and workshop opportunities in Southern California at every turn.  At Disneyland, the Happiest Place on Earth, your dancers will become honorary cast members through the Disney Performing Arts On Stage program.  Upon acceptance, your dance group can take the stage within the Disneyland Resort and will be able to showcase their talents to thousands of guests from around the world.  Disney Performing Arts On Stage also offers amazing workshop opportunities where your dancers will be taught technique and choreography from some of the shows around property by a professional Disney dancer.  Workshops include Dance 101 & 201 and Dance Technique: Ballet, Hip Hop, Jazz and Tap and are 90 minutes in length.  You will want to schedule plenty of time to enjoy Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure during your visit.

Disneyonstage dance workshop travel to california

At Universal Studios Hollywood your dancers will be stars in the making as they participate in the Lights, Camera, Music! program.  Through this program your group will be able to showcase their talents on one of their main stages inside the Park.  Groups will be given the Hollywood treatment as they are escorted down a red carpet in front of adoring fans.  A performance followed by a day at Universal Studios Hollywood will be a memory your dance group will remember forever.

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There are also performance opportunities for dance groups at Knott’s Berry Farm and Six Flags Magic Mountain, which hosts an annual event for Dance groups called Dance Fest where you are given the opportunity to strut your stuff in the Golden Bear Theatre before enjoying a day in the park.  Groups can also perform outside of Madame Tussauds Hollywood right on Hollywood Boulevard.   Or, if you are looking for a truly unique experience during your trip to Southern California, your group can take the Catalina Express to Catalina Island just off the coast of Los Angeles to perform on the Wrigley Stage.  With the beachfront and Pacific ocean as your backdrop and the Mediterranean charm of this beautiful island all around, this is performance location like none other.

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For additional workshop and master class options be sure to visit the Millenium Dance Complex, Hollywood’s hottest dance studio, where you can regularly see stars in rehearsal for concerts, theatre, or just taking class.  The Edge Performing Arts Center regularly hosts such famous choreographers as Mandy Moore, Sonya Tayeh, and Tabitha & Napoleon D’Umo.  Master Classes can be arranged at either of these studios as well as many other studios around the Southern California area.

Any trip to Southern California should start with a visit to Hollywood.  Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and the Hollywood Boulevard Walk of Fame are the cornerstones of historic Hollywood.  You can catch a red carpet movie premier, take in a Broadway style show at the Pantages Theatre or a concert at the Hollywood Bowl.  Then travel to West Hollywood for a visit to The Grove and The Original Farmer’s Market, the area’s best spot for shopping and dining.  And, of course, you must visit Beverly Hills to buy a map of the stars homes and do some window shopping on Rodeo Drive.  With its rich history in Entertainment, Southern California is a destination worth visiting and can make you feel as though you are dancing with the stars!

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Student Group Travel to New York City: The STARS are aligned!

The new season on Broadway is well underway and we are excited to be talking about the newest shows playing the Great White Way.  The Stars have definitely aligned to bring actors from stage and screen to Broadway.  This year is already providing moving performances from stars like Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan currently starring in Beckett’s Waiting for Godot & Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land, Daniel Craig and his wife Rachel Weisz in Betrayal, and Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad in the Shakespeare classic Romeo and Juliet. This spring will bring us the return of America’s favorite Tony Awards host, Neil Patrick Harris, in the rock musical Hedwig & the Angry Inch, Michelle Williams as Sally Bowles and Alan Cummings as the Emcee in Cabaret, for which he has already won a Tony Award, and Denzel Washington and Diahann Carol in A Raisin in the Sun.  Your group will see Stars in the theatres, on the street, and in their memories after a trip to New York City with Kaleidoscope Adventures.

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Though the majority of shows will raise their curtain in the spring, there are several shows that have already opened on Broadway and are playing to sold out audiences.  Other shows, such as the much anticipated New Musical If/Then Starring Tony Award winners Idina Menzel and LaChanze and Disney’s Aladdin are playing out of town tryouts in Washington, D.C. and Toronto, respectively.  If/Then, brought to you by the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning team of “Next to Normal, tells the story of a 40 year old woman who moves back to New York to make a fresh start, a role that has been written specifically for Idina Menzel.  The show recently opened at the National Theatre in D.C. and will move to Broadway in the spring.  Disney’s Aladdin based on the 1992 Academy Award winning animated film of the same name, recently opened at the Ed Mirvish Theatre in Toronto.    The stage version features newcomers, Adam Jacobs and Courtney Reed as Aladdin and Jasmine, and features Jonathan Freeman, the original voice of Jafar from the animated feature, reprising his role on stage.

Aladdin

Shows that have already opened on Broadway include Big Fish, starring two time Tony Award winner Norbert Leo Butz and Tony nominee Kate Baldwin.  Based on the novel by Daniel Wallace and the Tim Burton film, this show is directed and choreographed by 5-time Tony Award Winner Susan Stroman and is winning over audiences nightly.  After a critically acclaimed production of Encore’s COTTON CLUB PARADE, After Midnight has already taken Broadway back to Harlem’s Golden Age in a new Musical that features the Jazz at Lincoln Center All-Stars.  American Idol’s Fantasia Barrino and Emmy Award nominee Dulé Hill headline performances by 25 amazing dancers and singers, including a long list of Special Guest Star headliners.  Other musicals currently playing include First Date starring Zachary Levi and Krysta Rodriguez, Beautiful – The Carol King Musical featuring an amazing score of Carol King classics, A Night with Janis Joplin, and A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder starring Tony Award winner Jefferson Mays who plays eight roles in this musical comedy.

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Recently the long running Mamma Mia! moved their disco balls and platform shoes to a new address to make way for Rocky the Musical.  Based on the 1976 Academy Award winning film that cost just $1 million dollars and has earned $225 million world-wide and spawned 5 sequels, this show has been playing in Hamburg, Germany as “Rocky das Musical” since 2012 featuring a score by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens and a regulation size boxing ring that appears onstage during the final fight sequence.  With the backing of the original Rocky Balboa, Sylvester Stallone, who also originally wrote the Academy Award nominated script in just three days, Rocky the Musical will bring to Broadway an inspirational underdog story about believing in yourself.   Another New Musical based on a popular film of the same name is Bridges of Madison County starring four-time Tony Award nominee Kelli O’Hara.  The show features the brilliant creative team from the Tony Award winning revival of South Pacific and promises to take us deep into the heart of our country telling a moving story of the joyful discovery of love.  And, if that wasn’t enough, two of the most celebrated musicals will return to Broadway in the year ahead.  Les Misérables and Cabaret, who combined have received over 20 Tony Awards, will return this spring in brand new productions.  Les Mis will feature new staging and reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo.  Roundabout Theatre Company will offer Cabaret as a limited run with Sam Mendes directing and Rob Marshall Co-Directing and Choreographing, returning to the roles they played in the 1998 production which won the Tony Award.

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Of course, many great shows are still playing Broadway including this year’s Tony Award winner for Best New Musical, Kinky Boots, as well as past Tony Award Winning shows, Jersey Boys, Newsies, Once, Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark, and The Lion King. Other highlights of the past Broadway season include Matilda the Musical, Motown the Musical and revivals of Pippin and Rogers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, which are all perfect choices for our many student groups.  And, Wicked is celebrating its 10th Anniversary on Broadway this month having played over 4,155 performances making it the 11th longest running Broadway show.

Kaleidoscope Adventures loves New York City and we are sure that your student groups will, too! We are excited to work with all types of student groups to customize broadway student trip that is perfect for you.  The opportunities in New York City are incredible and a visit to this destination is sure to create memories that will last a lifetime.  Let Kaleidoscope Adventures start customizing your student group travel to New York City today!

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