Bolingbrook dance company participates in pearl harbor 75th commemoration _ the herald-news

“I learned about Pearl Harbor in school and always wanted to go there,” said Hannah Losic, 12, of Bolingbrook. Hawaii all inclusive vacations “So it was really cool to meet veterans from it.”

Participants were Hannah, Maggie Balas, Annie Butcher, Whitney Boyd, Cira Cattenhead, Ally Horn, Hannah Losic, Mia Peterson, Emma Reimer, Brooke Riemer and Lexi Sells. Cheap hawaii trips The entire trip was Dec. Hawaii all inclusive packages for two 3 to 9, including rehearsal and travel time.

The girls joined 108 dancers from about 30 dance groups across the country for three days of rehearsals with Bonnie Story, a nationally recognized choreographer most known for her work with “High School Musical,” said KimMarie Peterson, Mia’s mother and artistic director of the Kinetic Dance Company.

KimMarie Peterson said her mission is to introduce dancers to educational and wider opportunities for dance not often considered, as well as to help them appreciate their freedom to dance.

“I don’t just teach them dance,” Peterson said. All inclusive packages to hawaii “I want them to see Broadway shows and know what it’s like to work in video or on a cruise ship.”

In past years, Kinetic Dance Company members have performed at the Orange Bowl in Florida – as a college dance team might – and at Disney World in Florida, where dancers also took lessons from Disney performers and experienced the routine of theme park dancers, Peterson said. Planning a trip to hawaii Peterson said that Story had choreographed the dancers for the Orange Bowl. Book hawaii vacation package So when Story sent out the video of dance steps for the Pearl Harbor event, Peterson, who has veterans in her family, couldn’t pass it up.

Since the dance studio holds classes Monday through Saturday, the girls attending the Pearl Harbor celebration had to rehearse the four Sundays before they departed, about three to four hours each time, Peterson said.

The company also raised funds throughout 2016 to help pay for the cost of the trip, which was $1,900 a dancer, Peterson said. Hawaii flight packages About 80 percent of expenses were met through fundraisers.

“The most challenging part was making sure I had the choreography solid,” said Ally, 15, of Romeoville. Hawaii vacations multi island packages “There were so many companies there; I felt a little bit intimidated.”

Emaley Losic, Hannah’s mother and Kinetic Dance Company program development manager, said that performing for the veterans was a great way for the dancers to honor the survivors’ service.

The days flew past in a whirl of rehearsals before the event and changes of costumes, hairstyles – such as “victory curls” – and uniform makeup for each performance, Peterson said.

In an email, Emaley Losic said four of the five remaining USS Arizona survivors spoke, and some of the girls were able to meet and speak with them. Cheap hawaii tour packages In recognition for their performance, the dancers were presented with a U.S. Hawaii hotels flag that was flown over the Arizona Memorial on July 4, 2016, Emaley Losic said.

Then, on Dec. Best hotels in hawaii 7, the dancers performed the large group number at the opening ceremonies. Best packages to hawaii Maggie said it was her favorite number because it was “the most energetic.”

“One of the girls went to shake the hand of one of the veterans and say, ‘Thank you,’ ” Peterson said, “but he kissed her hand and said, ‘No, thank you.’ ”

On Dec. Trip for two to hawaii 7, the girls also participated in the Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade, with actor Gary Sinise serving as grand marshal, Emaley Losic said. Discount vacations to hawaii After the parade at the closing ceremonies, the girls performed another number by Story, Emaley Losic added.

“To stand amongst their peers and perform for a choreographer they would never be able to touch in the real world at the ages they are – that was just incredible,” Emaley Losic said.

One of the most exciting parts of the entire experience, Emaley Losic said in the email, was meeting Pearl Harbor survivors who stayed at the Hilton Hawaiian Village along with all the performers.

“Every day, the hotel was filled with people sitting around and listening to the stories of these heroes,” Emaley Losic said. Big island hawaii vacations “The gentlemen were very warm and encouraging of the girls to ask questions and talk about the fateful day in our history.”