Ten Lima North Middle School sixth graders performed in Los Angeles this summer thanks to the continued support from the Dizzy Feet Foundation and Lima’s connection to the television show “Glee.”
Students performed 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 was 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 afterschool activity through the fun, healthy and expressive art form of dance.
The program is back at North this school year. Lyn’s Academy of Dance will again provide the dance lessons.
While In LA last summer, students did some sightseeing between rehearsals and the Saturday night performance.
“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity,” said North Assistant Principal Matt Quatman, who added that none of the students had been on such a trip before.
Quatman said the students were mostly 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.