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School children get dance lessons from Diversity star


Ashley Banjo, with a cast member of Disney On Ice, hosted a special event at a Manchester dance studio today for some very lucky children from Whittle-le-woods CE Primary School.

Ashley worked with the children to create stories and choreography inspired by the under sea world of The Little Mermaid and snowy mountainside from Frozen that feature in Disney On Ice presents Passport to Adventure which comes to Manchester on October 11.

Whittle-le-woods CE Primary School won the chance to take part in the ‘Fit to Dance’ workshop, as part of the Disney On Ice education programme, which encourages families and schools to use their imagination and creativity through storytelling and dance.

The children created their own stories using Disney On Ice presents Passport to Adventure as inspiration, which they then performed ina dance routine with a little help from Ashley Banjo and the Disney On Ice cast. Disney A-listers MickeyMouse and Minnie Mouse even stopped by to surprise the children and see their special performances.

Audiences will experience the Fit to Dance programme during the Zootropolis pre-show of Disney On Ice presents Passport to Adventure where they are invited to join Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde from Zootropolis in a fun dance routine before the show starts.

The show takes the audience on a journey through the most memorable Disney destinations with families exploring the magic worlds of Disney’s The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan and Frozen.

It’s great to be involved in Disney On Ice’s Fit to Dance programme as it inspires children to get creative while being active and having fun. It’s an amazing initiative that allows kids to carry on the magic of a Disney On Ice at home by creating their own stories and dance routines.

Encouraging children to perform and use their imagination is something I do for a living, so I’m naturally behind any programme that does that. The best part is that it works as part of the school curriculum too.

Today the children have let their minds run wild and the end performances were brilliant. We even had Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse pop in to show off their dance moves.

– Ashley Banjo