Performing at Disneyland is a dream that many dancers and performers wish to achieve. From all accounts, the theme park is filled with a childlike wonder that has not been replicated anywhere else in the world.
For 42 dancers from Wagga’s very own performance studio Triple Threat, their dream became a reality as they got to perform on the main stage of the world’s biggest theme park in April.
Director of the singing, dancing and dramatic arts studio Jess Takats, described the studio’s tour of the United States as a dream opportunity that the dancers would remember for the rest of their lives.
“When I was seven years old, I got the opportunity to dance at Disneyland and it is something that I still remember fondly to this day,” Jess said.
“From that moment, I knew that I wanted to open my own studio and take my own students to experience how amazing it is.”
The dancers and their families spent 12 days in the United States, including a four-day trip to Disneyland after auditioning for the opportunity to perform at the theme park last year.
“Anyone can apply to perform, they accept choirs, dancers and a range of different performers,” Jess said.
“Obviously they don’t just let anyone in, so we showed some clips of some of our routines and shows that we have been a part of. They liked what they saw and invited us to perform.
“It’s quite cool knowing that a studio in Wagga can travel across the world to perform. It’s a credit to the students who work and practice hard at the studio as well as the staff who put the time and effort in to make sure we can deliver the best opportunities to our students as possible.”
Since opening her studio in 2019, Jess and her team have prided themselves on building their student numbers while continuing to deliver opportunities for their students to perform.
“When we started a few years ago, the dream was to have about 100 students across the three different disciplines,” Jess said.
“I pinch myself now as we now have over 800 students, which is a huge credit to the staff and families who have remained dedicated to the studio.
“Being a new studio in 2019, then having two very difficult years with Covid-19 where we weren’t allowed to hold classes in person, to be where we are right now is just incredible.”
Triple Threat are consistently in the public eye, showing off their talents at local events including their Christmas in July show at the Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre, at ANZ Stadium as prematch entertainment for the South Sydney Rabbitohs and most recently for the Canberra Raiders during their match in Wagga a fortnight ago.
“I really wanted to build something where students got the opportunity to perform consistently and in front of crowds,” Jess said.
“So often studios would have weekly classes and maybe once or twice at the end of the year they would host a show or event.
“We at Triple Threat believe it is important to consistently demonstrate our talent of students and by doing that we have been able to secure opportunities for our students like our most recent trip to the United States.”