Babbette’s to ‘dance the world’ at Disney
By Chad Abshire
RAWLINS — Around a dozen girls danced through downtown Rawlins Monday afternoon with a spring in their step and a tune in their heads.
With Pharrell’s “Happy” playing from Babbette Mathill’s iPod, kids from her dance studio clapped along, feeling like rooms without roofs since they were dancing for a very particular reason.
They’re going to Disney World.
Mathill said 20 girls between the ages of 8 and 14 from Rawlins and Riverton from Babbette’s Studios were headed to Florida to participate in the Magic Kingdom Parade, Epcot Parade, as well as perform a stage show, from June 24 to June 27, as part of a program called “Dance the World.”
According to WorldClassVacations.com, the girls will perform along with other dancers from across the country in each parade. For Epcot, the parade starts at the United Kingdom area of Epcot's World Showcase of countries and ends in Future World by Journey Into Imagination. For the Magic Kingdom, they dance through the park and down Main Street, U.S.A. in front of Cinderella’s Castle.
The parades also take place during Celebrity Week, offering the girls to take a class with Whitney Carson, a dancer from “Dancing with the Stars.”
Mathill said it was the first time she’s taking a group to Disney World, having recently taken groups to Pearl Harbor for the Pearl Harbor Memorial Day Ceremonies and the Holiday Bowl halftime show and parade in San Diego. Her girls got involved by being invited to perform.
She also said the girls had been practicing 11 months for the event. Out of the 20 girls going, only six have ever been to Disney World before, Mathill said.
“I keep telling them to put this on their resumes,” she said. “It’s a lot of hard work and a lot of practice.”