Anyone who takes part in a Disney Performing Arts program shares a common bond and rite of passage. It takes confidence, character and camaraderie for an ensemble to be able to come together and perform in front of an international Disney audience. As a former participant with Disney Performing Arts, I know first-hand that performing at the Disneyland Resort in California or the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida is something that will surely never be forgotten.
I am proud to announce that Disney Performing Arts will now be celebrating and commemorating this momentous experience and shining achievement with the Ears for the Arts badge of honor. Participants in Disney Performing Arts programs, which include performance opportunities, workshops, festivals and competitions, will receive an exclusive Ears for the Arts pin and become a part of an elite group of students.
The first Ears for the Arts recipients at both Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort were given their pins on Friday, February 11th in a special once-in-a-lifetime ceremony.
Dance students from the Academy of Ballet in Orem, Utah, were honored by Minnie Mouse herself when they became the first West Coast recipients of Disney’s new Ears for the Arts badge of honor. The Academy of Ballet is led by director Tyne Crockett.
Band and choir students from Pittsford Mendon High School in Pittsford, NY, were honored by Mickey Mouse himself when they became the first East Coast recipients of Disney’s new Ears for the Arts badge of honor. The Pittsford Mendon High School groups are led by choir director Edith Rice and ensemble director Mark Puma.
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Teams qualified for the event by receiving bids at UCA Regional Competitions across the country. Winners will receive medals, a trophy and the ultimate prize: 2011 UCA National Championship satin jackets. Each routine will be on Varsity TV on Varsity.com, and there will be special features and interviews with selected teams. For more information, visit www.varsity.com.
If you haven’t heard, Disney Youth Programs offer youth groups from all over the world performance, education, field-trip and celebration opportunities at Disney Parks. Here’s a better idea of what we’re all about:
In upcoming months, look for interviews with actual youth groups who have participated in our programs and updates on new learning opportunities and events. You can also visit our new website or Facebook page to learn more and get the latest information on youth group related happenings at Disney Parks.
I’d love to hear about your Disney Youth Programs experience. Let me know in the comments.