Fundraising 101

Gone are the days of basic sausage sizzles and chocolate drives. Put the fun back into fundraising and try some of the fabulous ideas that have helped hundreds of studios travel overseas with us! Here are some simple, yet effective ideas to help your studio’s dreams come true. Great way to meet the other families who will be travelling with you on Tour!

Trivia Nights: Who doesn’t love a bit of healthy competition? Plan a fun filled trivia night at your studio or a local hall to get the ball rolling. Charge admission fees, organise small games to play in between rounds, sell food and drink, hold some raffles and even add a theme for a bit of extra fun!

Theme Nights: Everyone loves to dress up. Decorate your studio for Halloween, Christmas or Easter and charge an entry fee. Get each family in the fundraising committee to bring a plate of food and show a movie on the night. Organise fun games and prizes for best dressed!

Guessing Competitions: These always seem to entice an audience, especially those with a sweet tooth. A very simple fundraiser to organise, with the prize bearing a very small cost on the studio. Charge a small fee per entry. You could even incorporate this into your trivia or themed nights.

Now that you have some fabulous ideas, here’s a few tips to help you stay on track:

  1. Organisation: When it comes to fundraising, organisation is key. Nominate a committee to brainstorm, plan and oversee different fundraising events.
  2. Advertising: Think about how to let people know about your fundraising ventures. Social media is a great tool to use to spread the word about your event. You could even put up flyers at local companies, shopping centres or see if any parents can advertise the event at their workplace.
  3. Sponsorships and Donations: Sponsorships normally come from within your studio through parent’s employers who can assist by paying for jackets, costumes and cash donations. Be sure to approach local businesses to see if they can donate any goods or services to be used as raffle prizes.

4 Reasons Why you Should Add a Cruise onto your Trip!

Sail the seas and experience a Carnival or Royal Caribbean Cruise with Dance Around the World!

  1. Ultimate Relaxation – a short cruise at the end of an adventure-filled tour is always a great idea. Unpack once. Time to unwind and relax, or if you’re seeking more adventure there’s always activities to participate in! The ports always provide an opportunity to relax, or you could explore the island’s most famous attractions!
  2. Performance Opportunity – an amazing chance to shine on stage and be part of the onboard entertainment while on board the cruise ship!
  3. Meet the Performers on board and participate in a Dance workshop
  4. Tick another country off your bucket list – Whether it be Mexico or the Bahamas, wouldn’t it be great to tick one of them off your list? Where to next?

For more information on our Cruise Dance Tours and to view sample itineraries – click here

Hong Kong Dance Tours!

The top 6 experiences- Dance Around the World Hong Kong and Macau Tour

  1. Hong Kong Disneyland – Experience the Magic of Disney in Asia – ride Disney favourites including It’s a Small World, Jungle River Cruise, Hyperspace Mountain, Orbitron, Toy Soldier Parachute, Slinky Dog Spin Drop as well as many other amazing rides and shows. Dancers have the opportunity participate in pre-parade entertainment in an afternoon Main Street Parade.
  2. Ocean Park – an opportunity to perform, then explore one of the most spectacular oceanariums in the world with the largest marine theatre.  It is also an amusement park perched around two mountain peaks, with an area of 870,000 square meters.
  3. K11 – with your name up in lights, perform at Hong Kong’s seven-storey shopping centre.
  4. Schenzhen China – Shenzhen Experience Tour including visits to Li Chi Park, Terracotta Warriors Exhibition, 69 floor Observation Deck and Lo Wu Commercial Shopping Mall with over 1000 stores!
  5. Stanley and Sightseeing – experience what this quaint village on Hong Kong’s South Coast has to offer. Shop ‘til you drop at the markets or stop at one of the many eateries located nearby. Ride a Sampan at Aberdeen and see the amazing view from Victoria Peak.
  6. Macau – experience the House of Dancing Water Show, luxury entertainment is world class in Macau! This old Portuguese colony offers a cultural experience on our sightseeing tour.

For more information on our Hong Kong Dance Tours and to view sample itineraries – click here

Anaheim Dance Tours!

When you think of Anaheim, I’m sure Mickey Mouse comes to mind. However, Anaheim is one of Orange County’s largest cities, and it’s not just because of Disneyland.  Anaheim has so many attractions to offer, and a tour with Dance Around the World would allow you to experience these.

Of course, an Anaheim tour would not be complete without a visit to the Sleeping Beauty Castle, a Breakfast with some of Disney’s most famous and a walk along Main Street. But with us, your visit to Disneyland could be so much more. Your studio could have the chance to participate in a Dancers Parade down Main Street Disneyland and perform at Disneyland or Disney’s California Adventure Park!

Other performance opportunities may include dancing on the City Walk Stage at Universal Studios, performing in Hollywood, Knott’s Berry Farm, Six Flags Magic Mountain and Citadel Shopping Outlet, just to name a few.

Choose to immerse yourself in Anaheim’s sporting culture, experiencing a Dodgers or Angels baseball game, sightsee in LA and of course, the tour would not be complete without a dance workshop! A class at The Edge Performing Arts Centre, Playground LA, Debbie Reynolds or Millennium Dance Complex!!


For more information on our Disneyland & Anaheim Dance Tours and to view sample itineraries – click here

Orlando Dance Tours

Want to trade in the West Coast for the East Coast but still want to experience the magical world of Disney? Well look no further, Orlando is the place for you!

Here is an insight into some of the endless opportunities that you can choose from when touring Orlando with us, or better yet, why not choose them all?

  • Perform in Walt Disney World – A performance opportunity with a view! Allow your studio to shine on the Marketplace Stage in Walt Disney World, which backs onto the beautiful Lake Buena Vista! A stage purpose built for Disney Performing Arts.
  • Disney Performing Arts Workshop – experience the life of a professional Disney Dancer in a fun, upbeat and positive atmosphere.
  • Character Breakfast – eat breakfast alongside Disney’s favourite characters. Take some pictures with your favourite Disney Princess or get Mickey Mouses’ autograph! Spend the rest of the day walking the streets of Walt Disney World and see how many rides you can tick off your list. Visit all four Disney Theme Parks situated within Disney World- Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom and EPCOT.
  • Performance at Universal Studios – A dance performance at Universal Studios City Walk located between Universal’s 2 Theme Parks. Dance workshops also available!

A visit to Kennedy Space Centre – a must see attraction when staying in Florida. Gain visitor access to the historic birthplace of American spaceflight and view artifacts of NASA’s Mercury, Gemini, Apollo and Space Shuttle Programs in the context of exhibits and attractions that tell the NASA story. 

  • Experience an authentic American Sporting Event.
  • Add a New York extension for the ultimate experience!
  • Sail the seas with a 4-night Bahamas Cruise for the ultimate relaxation at the end of your trip and perform on the Ship!


For more information on our Disneyworld & Orlando Dance Tours and to view sample itineraries – click here

The Top 5 things to do in New York as a dancer

  1. Take a class Alvin Ailey Dance Theater
  2. Life as a Rockette – take the Radio City Stage Door Tour
  3. The Ride – sightsee around New York and experience performers blending with street life. You won’t be able to tell where the New York City streets begin and the show ends!
  4. Broadway Dance Center drop in studio offers 350 classes each week taught by some of the worlds renowned choreographers – the ultimate destination in the heart of the New York Theater District
  5. Broadway Show – see Chicago, Aladdin, Waitress, The Lion King, School of Rock the Musical to name a few and meet the cast at the Stage Door after the show



For more information on our New York Dance Tours and to view sample itineraries – click here

Hong Kong Dance Tours on offer!

PO Box 606, Ingleburn NSW 2565
Tel: (+61 2) 9618 6600
Fax: (+61 2) 9618 6605 

Email: groups@dancearoundtheworld.com.au
Website: www.dancearoundtheworld.com.au

 

Spotlight on Hong Kong and Macau

Hong Kong and Macau are fast becoming very popular hot destinations for our Dance studios to visit , perform and take dance workshops!

Where do we perform:

Disneyland Hong Kong – provide an opportunity to be part of the pre-parade entertainment down Main Street. Disney provide a number of music choices for Studios, they choose one and put together an amazing routine ! Crowds line the route to see the dancers perform before the Disneyland Parade floats and entertainers perform!

   

Ocean Park Theme Park – provide an opportunity for visitors to the Park to see the dancers perform in a 20 minute show. The location is just inside the Park. Choreography is organized and rehearsed at the studio before the Tour.

Stanley Plaza – lunchtime performances at this venue are sure to draw some of the lunchtime crowd in this very popular area. This 20 minute show is choreographed by your studio.

        

K11 Shopping Centre – located right across the road from our hotel, this venue is just inside this Shopping area. Late afternoon performances are welcomed by everyone! This 20 minute show is choreographed by your studio.

Out hotel is the Holiday Inn Golden Mile on Nathan Rd, right in the heart of the shopping and restaurant area. Easy walk down to the Harbor and Star Ferry with an MTR station right next door to take you all over Kowloon and Hong Kong Island.

Sightseeing with a local guide to Hong Kong attractions such as Victoria Peak, Repulse Bay, Stanley Markets and Aberdeen, Full day tour to Mainland China Shenzhen for sightseeing and shopping at the famous Lo Wo Commercial Mall with 1500 stores!

Dance classes at the world famous Jean Wong’s Ballet can include Ballet, Jazz and Chinese Dance as well as meeting Ms Wong if she is at the studio. If available she always makes time to meet our dancers!

A quick hydrofoil trip across the sea to Macau, then sightseeing with a local guide to see this old Portuguese colony as well as the glitz of the new areas, evening at the world famous Headline show House off Dancing Water.

Many of our passengers extend at the end of the Dance Tour and head up to Beijing to visit the Great Wall, Xian to discover the Terracotta Warriors or Shanghai!

Interested in a great cultural experience for your dancers?….call our office and let us put together a tailormade itinerary for you!

Disney World Dance Tours!

“Dance enables you to find yourself and lose yourself, at the same time” Author Unknown

The magic of Orlando, Florida is enchanting. As you step into the world of make believe in Disney World where fairies fly free, or Universal Studios where super heroes become real, you discover a place where you can quite literally find yourself and lose yourself at the same time. It’s a fantasy world where all sorrows and problems are forgotten, as time stands still, just as in the classic tale of Alice in Wonderland. The imagination and creativity of individuals come alive for entertainment purposes and family fun. Many talented people are scouted universally to create this magnificent  world, and now they have developed opportunities to go behind the scenes for those who want to learn more about it, and partake in the Orlando entertainment experience. Dancers, actors, musicians and artists, are all welcome!

Dance Around the World is a full service organisation specifically tailored to meet the growing demands that dancers have for traveling abroad to destinations such as to Orlando, Florida.  From the initial consultation, to preparing audition requirements, performances, competitions, and registration for workshops, to booking flights, hotels and cruises, the trip is all inclusive excursion for dancers and their families. Dance Around the World also provides a personal Tour Director for each trip to ensure that the  dancers get where they need to be to learn, perform and partake in Orlando’s amazing dance scene with no barriers, hassles or worries.

Experiences in Orlando, Florida for the dancers include:

  • Performances at Walt Disney World – Downtown Disney, Universal Citywalk, Sea World, and shopping mall performances
  • Dance/Drama/Band/Choir Workshops/Classes with Disney professionals as part of the Disney Performing Arts program
  • Participation in a Main Street Parade at Walt Disney World and Showcase
  • Cruise Ship performances

Non-dancers and family members are also cared and provided for so they may enjoy the trip to Orlando, as well. Tours and sightseeing excursions through Florida are also offered to such locations as: Disney Theme Parks – Animal Kingdom, EPCOT, Walt Disney Studios, Magic Kingdom, Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach, Universal Studios, Sea World, Disney Character Breakfast, Premium Factory Shopping Outlets, Kennedy Space Centre or an evening to a sporting event. Florida is also known to have some of the most amazing beaches in the world. As a peninsula, the state is surrounded by water on three sides, and has more beaches to offer than any other place in the United States.

Pack up the dancers and the family and head to one of the most magical places on Earth where entertainment and performance are the norm, parades are nightly, and fireworks are as common as the moon. Orlando, Florida is definitely a place to consider when planning to dance around the world!

 

  

Hawaii

“Dance is the hidden language of the soul” Author Unknown

There is something special about the language of dance. It is universal and it speaks directly to the heart from person to person. The art of dance is prevalent around the world, and it enables the dancer to share stories and history to their audience without saying a word, using only the movements of the body and soul. There is no better example of this than the art of dance from Hawaii.  Like the islands themselves, they are a rare beauty and hold the key to a deep rooted culture and unchanging heritage. It is said by natives that “when words fail, we turn to a more ancient art of communication to express the beauty of Hawaii”, the native dance of the Hula. The Hula is as much an expression of Hawaiian life to its natives as it is their spiritual language. It has been opened up for sharing with dancers, dance studios, and performing groups traveling from abroad who are seeking to learn these sacred dances.

Dance Around the World is a full service organisation specifically tailored to meet the growing demand that dancers have for studying the Hawaiian dances, and many others abroad.  From the initial consultation, to preparing audition requirements, performances, competitions, and registration for workshops, to booking flights, hotels and cruises, the trip is all inclusive. Dance Around the World also provides a personal Tour Director for each trip to ensure that the  dancers get where they need to be to learn, perform and partake in Hawaii’s amazing dance scene with no barriers, hassles or worries.

Experiences in Honolulu for the dancers include:

  • Shopping Mall performances at Ala Moana as well as the Royal Hawaiian Centre
  • Cruise Ship performances
  • Hula Classes
  • Dance Workshops at a leading dance studio

Non-dancers and family members are also cared and provided for so they may enjoy the trip to Hawaii, as well. Tours and sightseeing excursions through Hawaii are also offered to such locations as: the Pearl Harbour tours, the Paradise Cove Sunset Luau, the Polynesian Cultural Centre, Sunset cruises and shopping at the Factory Outlet stores. Although the primary reason for the trip may be for dance purposes, the breathtakingly beautiful and natural landscape of the six Hawaiian islands can entice any traveler with its fresh, floral air, and tranquil waters.

No matter which corner of the world you travel to, dance will be there, and it offers us a chance to learn from each other. To travel the world and experience its vast assortment of dance styles and learn from a variety of masters in the art, is an experience of a lifetime. Take this opportunity to learn about Hawaii, its dances, and surround yourself in its majestic aura. It’s been said that there is no place on earth like thes Islands

Dance Tours to New York City

“Dream. Believe in yourself. Work hard. Enjoy the process. Love the art. Dance with your heart. Repeat.” Author Unknown.

 

As a dancer, you dream big! You have hopes of one day leaving the your studio, taking workshops with dance masters abroad, and dancing for large audiences at remarkable destinations.  First choice? New York! It’s unrivaled in its opportunities, and could possibly be labeled as the capital of dance, music and of all the arts in general. For the dancer, New York  offers inspiration and magnifies the fire burning in the soul. From workshops with top performers, tours of world renowned dance facilities, and group performance experiences, when visiting New York, dancers have the opportunity to expand their dance repertoire and their lives, while visiting one of the landmark cities of the United States.

Travelling to New York to bask in its amazing world of dance is no longer just a dream, it can now be a reality for dancers, dance studios and performing groups. Whether you are interested in attending class at the Alvin Ailey Facility, or visiting the Statue of Liberty, there are now companies that specialize in taking dancers where they need to be in New York be to fulfill all their deepest dancing desires. Dance Around the World is a full service organisation specifically tailored to meet dancers and their families travel expectations.  From the initial consultation, to preparing audition requirements, performances, competitions, and registration for workshops, to booking flights, hotels and cruises, your trip is all inclusive. Dance Around the World also provides a personal Tour Director for each trip to ensure that the  dancers get where they need to be to learn, perform and partake in New York’s amazing dance scene with no barriers, hassles or worries.

Experiences in New York for the dancers include :

  • Workshops at Broadway Dance Center, the Alvin Ailey, Steps on Broadway, the famous Joffrey Ballet and a Rockettes Master class
  • Tours of Radio City Music Hall, The Lincoln Centre for the Performing Arts, the Juilliard School, The New York Ballet, The School of American  Ballet, Fiorello La Guardia Performing Arts High School and Hip Hop and Jazz Harlem Tour
  • Backstage at Broadway Shows such as Wicked and Aladdin
  • An array of evening theatre shows

Non-dancers and family members are also cared and provided for so they may enjoy the trip to New York, as well. Tours and sightseeing excursions are also offered to: the Empire State Building, World Trade Centre Site, Carriage Ride in Central Park, Ice Skating at the Rockefeller Centre, shopping at premium factory outlets and a variety of sporting events. Known as the “city that never sleeps”, there is a tremendous amount of hustle and bustle that goes one in New York, however, contrary to that, for those who prefer a quiet, relaxing get away, New York City is also known as the greenest city in America and home to the famous 843-acre Central Park which is only one of 1,700 parks and playgrounds located around town.

So, take a trip to the “Big Apple” with your dancers, and walk down Broadway, where you can see art in the theatre or in the streets, and marvel in all the reasons why New York has been known as one of the greatest cities of all times for artists of all genres.