Shen dance team to have a very Disney Christmas

"We participated in numerous practices while we were there and those are very long and lengthy, several hours each. The girls were working really hard, a lot of dancing, strenuous work," said Preston, who said many of the girls are no stranger to this rigorous schedule. The team has also performed in the PreGame show for the Orange Bowl in Miami. It's held in the stadium where the Miami Dolphins play and is live in front of thousands of people.

Danielle Bonville is a junior at Shenedehowa High School and has been on the team for three years. She said that the Disney invitation was "very honorable for the team" and a beneficial experience from both a dancing and team bonding standpoint.

"We got to meet 300 other dancers of all different abilities and share this experience with them and make new friends," she said. "The team got to spend time together learning new dance moves at a higher ability level and also got to go on rides and walk around the parks. It's always a challenge for us, but we work very hard for it and are very successful and put our best foot forward to try to make it go as smoothly as possible. We look forward to the competition sense of it because it's always good to push ourselves further. It's also good that the younger girls could go because it's good for them to learn how everything works and perform at a higher level than they have before."

The team left on Wednesday, Dec. 2 and returned on Sunday, Dec. 6. The performances were supposed to be taped on Friday and Saturday mornings, but they were both rained out and ended up being taped Sunday morning. This gave the girls time to explore the parks and take in the sights.

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