Oldham-based dance group performs in New York

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An Oldham-based dance group traveled to New York for a ‘once in a lifetime’ trip as they mounted their stage and street performances.

13 dancers from the Chadderton-based Jayne Barnes School of Dance traveled to the Big Apple between April 11 and 18 as part of a dance trip that had been planned for years.

The troupe was scheduled to travel in April 2020 and despite the pandemic delaying their trip, the wait was worth it for the dancers.

Rachel Barnes, daughter of Jayne and one of the dance school leaders, said: “It was just amazing, we were like a real dance troupe.

“I don’t think we can believe we succeeded.”

The trip was organized between the dance group and Pizarts, an arts organization based in New York, and saw the children perform on stage, in Times Square and take part in a workshop with the famous Joffrey Ballet.

Rachel said: “We managed to get a permit to dance in Times Square, it was amazing for the kids.”

Speaking at the workshop with the Joffrey Ballet, she said: “I actually cried, it was one of my dreams come true.”

Permits are required for certain public performances in Times Square.

The band rehearsed in a studio just off the world-famous plaza and even popped up a billboard to honor them.

The troupe performed in a theater alongside another New York-area dance troupe and toured some of the city’s sights.

Rachel said: “It was just amazing, I think we’re still on top.

“When you tell people about it, you remember how amazing it all was.

“We’re all very proud and overwhelmed by what we’ve achieved and still can’t believe we’ve done it.”


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