EVERY child’s dream is to visit the magical world of Disneyland, but 20 years ago a group of young Leeton dancers went one step further.
In 1998 dancers from the DiSalvatore Dance Academy (DDA) travelled to Disneyland in Los Angeles to perform three shows in front of huge crowds.
To celebrate the milestone two decades on, the dancers, their families, teachers, costume makers and fundraising committee members go together to reminisce and catch up.
One of those present was Carly Dunn, who was 12 when she performed at Disneyland with DDA.
“I remember it being just so amazing … every kid wants to go there, but we were able to go there and dance,” she said.
“Since then another two groups have gone over from Leeton.
“It was such a great experience for us.”
Once it was decided 20 years ago the group would be heading over to LA, the big task of fundraising to get them there began.
There were many car washes, street stalls, lamington drives, a ball and much more held to make the cost as little as possible for the dancers.
Ms Dunn remembers the Leeton community not hesitating for one second to help out.
“The people of Leeton were so generous and so supportive of us,” she said.
“I think this anniversary is a good way of reminding them just how thankful we were. We definitely couldn’t have gone over without them.”
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