‘Glee’ connection sends Lima middle school students to dance in LA


2014-06-26_53ac71e5af9cf_DSC_1491.JPGTen Lima North Middle School sixth graders will perform in Los Angeles next month thanks to the continued support from the Dizzy Feet Foundation and Lima’s connection to the television show “Glee.”

Students will leave July 18 and return July 20. They will perform at the Dizzy Feet Foundation’s Celebration of Dance at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Past performances at the fundraising event have included dancers from “So You Think You Can Dance” and “Dancing With the Stars.” The entire trip is being funded by the Dizzy Feet Foundation, which also sponsored the national DEA Youth Dance program at North this past school year. The program came to Lima because of the connection with “Glee.” The Fox show is supposed to be set in Lima.

Twenty-five students won free dance lessons this spring through the DEA program. Classes were held after school and taught by Lyn’s Academy of Dance. Students performed for their peers and families at the end of the school year. The dance program is part of the DEA Educational Foundation. The foundation was established to empower youth by providing a free and positive after-school activity through the fun, healthy and expressive art form of dance.

While In LA, students will do some sightseeing between rehearsals and the Saturday night performance. School officials have been told that some “Glee” actors may attend one of the rehearsals to meet the students.

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity,” said North Assistant Principal Matt Quatman, who added that none of the students have been on such a trip before. Quatman said the students have mostly been excited to continue with the dance program. “This was another positive lifestyle choice that got them excited about school and bonded them with other kids not in their classes,” he said.

Students are practicing twice a week this summer up until the LA performance.

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