Greater York Dance students pose with Goofy after their dance lessons with Disney instructors on New Year’s Day at Disney World in Florida.
Greater York Dance students pose with Goofy after their dance lessons with Disney instructors on New Year's Day at Disney World in Florida. (Submitted photo)

Nearly three dozen York County dancers had a chance this week to perform in a place most people are just happy to visit.

About 35 students from Greater York Dance and their families traveled to Florida's Disney World this week to learn from professional dancers and wow an audience with their own choreographed 30-minute performance on a stage in Downtown Disney.

It's the fourth time artistic director Lori Pergament has taken her students to Florida for a New Year's Day workshop and show.

"It was like a rock concert," she said of the show.

The kids, ages 6 to 18, learn from professionals about how they can turn dance into a career, Pergament said.

"They have Disney professionals that teach them audition skills," she said.

The show: The audition skills Pastelle Pergament learned should come in handy in the future.

The 9-year-old daughter of Lori Pergament said she wants to be a professional dancer when she grows up.

"It was very exciting," Pastelle said. "They taught

us how to audition."

After spending the day in the workshop, it was time for a 5:30 p.m. performance in the park.

An estimated 1,000 park goers gathered to watch the girls perform, Pergament said.

Nine-year-old Shaley Mills said she was excited but admittedly a little nervous when she got on stage.

"It was exciting when I got on stage," Shaley said. "When I got there (on stage), they were clapping and I had butterflies."

The troupe: Greater York Dance is a nonprofit that teaches dance to students from all over York County at its studio on East Market Street.

The students who traveled to Florida this week are enrolled in the studio's Broadway arts program for kids who want to have triple-threat skills -- singing, dancing and acting.

A few days before the performance, Pergament said the group would entertain an audience during one of Disney's busiest days of the year.

"We'll be really lucky," she said.

-- Erin James may also be reached at ejames@yorkdispatch.com. Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com.