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Local girls headed for Hollywood

Presley Bennett, back left (age 7, dancing 5 years),Tori Darter, front left (age 11, dancing 8 years), Jazmene McMillan, center (age 11, dancing 6 years), Savannah Fikes, front right (age 13, dancing 5 years) and Abbey Grace Pittman, back right (age 8, dancing 4 years).  Photos by Charity Headley
Presley Bennett, back left (age 7, dancing 5 years),Tori Darter, front left (age 11, dancing 8 years), Jazmene McMillan, center (age 11, dancing 6 years), Savannah Fikes, front right (age 13, dancing 5 years) and Abbey Grace Pittman, back right (age 8, dancing 4 years). Photos by Charity Headley
Jazmene McMillan, back left, Savannah Fikes, back center, Tori Darter, back right, Abbey Grace Pittman, front left and Presley Bennett, front right.
Jazmene McMillan, back left, Savannah Fikes, back center, Tori Darter, back right, Abbey Grace Pittman, front left and Presley Bennett, front right.

Five Maumelle young ladies have been invited to perform in Disneyworld and to train in Hollywood under some of the countries top choreographers in July. They also have been invited to New York to dance with the world famous Rockettes.

But the trips are contingent on the girls raising $4,000 within the next few weeks, Charity Headley said.

Headley is owner and instructor at TuTus And Tennis Shoes and she choreographed the routines these five Maumelle girls performed in Memphis on May 3.

Out of 13 girls from Maumelle and thousands from the Mid-South performing in Memphis, only these five girls were given the opportunity to make this trip.

The girls selected include Presley Bennett, 7, Tori Darter, 11, Jazmene McMillan, 11, Savannah Fikes, 13, and Abbey Grace Pittman, 8.

Talent scouts in the audience chose those girls, Headley said. She also said no one knew the scouts were in attendance and certainly didn’t expect this opportunity, she said.

“The girls would get to dance on the Disneyland stage, dance in parades, and train with top choreographers,” Headley said. “When the girls are not rehearsing they will have the time of their lives taking classes with other Hollywood and Disneyland professionals.”

The event takes place July 8 through 15.

Parents and the girls have already performed fund raising all year long to pay for the Memphis and other scheduled trips and supplies.

Headley said she was afraid the girls and their parents couldn’t raise that much money without the help of the Maumelle business community.

“This would give the girls such an incredible learning opportunity,” Headley said. “We would love to help our girls’ dreams come true. The approximate total cost of the trip is $4,000 per girl without accommodations or airfare.”

The girls were chosen after performing at KAR’s “Kids Artistic Review” dance competition.

The same five girls were also chosen to go to a summer intensive in New York where they would train and be given a chance to dance with the Radio City Music Hall’s Rockettes.

Headley said that from July 10-15 the girls will experience the best of Broadway including master dance classes, top Broadway shows, guided tours and special events.

The girls will be staying in the Marriott Marquis Hotel in the middle of Times Square, attend two Broadway shows, be instructed in master class sessions with the world-famous Rockettes, get a behind the scenes tour of Radio City Music Hall, a guided tour of the city, go on a dance cruise, receive special apparel and attend several luncheons and dinners.

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