High school dancers earn international opportunity
Imagine being a senior in high school and having the opportunity to go to Paris for a week.
For a pair of girls at Basehor-Linwood High School that once-in-a-lifetime chance will come at the end of the month.
Annette Flowers, daughter of Jim and Patti Flowers, Bonner Springs, and Jessica Miles, daughter of Bill and Amy Miles, Tonganoxie, will be in Paris from Dec. 26 to Jan. 2 as a part of the Universal Dance Association All-Star Dance Team. Accompanying the two will be Joyce McMillen, secretary at BLHS and sponsor of the Basehor-Linwood High School Dance Squad.
The two earned the trip to Paris when they were selected as all-stars at a summer camp in Lawrence last June. Flowers and Miles will be two of 160 dancers making the trip.
"They had to do a dance that the UDA advisors create," McMillen said. "They go out one at a time to perform the dance and they are judged. Only the top-of-the-line dancers are selected."
At the camp, Flowers and Miles were two of about 40 girls who had to learn a routine in two days, then perform the dance. They were two of eight from the camp selected for the trip.
"You could have done really well on the dance, but if you didn't show good leadership, attitude and character during the camp, you weren't selected," Flowers, a 2-year member of thed ance squad, said.
I'm very excited about the trip," Miles, a 3-year member and co-captain of the BLHS team, said. "It's something I've been looking forward to since my sophomore year. Annette and I had talked before this year that we wanted to go together. It's going to be a neat experience."
The trip will consist of a lot of sightseeing and two performances, including one in the the Paris Millennium Parade, but the three are mostly excited about the prospects of shopping.
"I'm exited about going to another country," Flowers said." I'm excited to fly and to go shopping and to be around other girls doing the same thing."
"I've been involved with dance since I was little," Miles said. "I've always wanted to go perform in different places and I'm excited about going to a different country to do it."
This is actually the second time dancers from Basehor-Linwood High School have been selected for the trip. Two years ago, Angie Hopkins and Heather Martley made the trip to Paris.
Flowers and Miles' trip is being paid for with fundraisers the two have held during the year, including a car wash, selling candy bars and car wash tokens, holding a mixer after a football game, a silent auction. Numerous businesses have also chipped in.
"I was really glad both parents agreed to send the girls after they were selected," McMillen said.
Persons or businesses wishing to donate to help pay for expenses can contact McMillen at BLHS, 724-2266.