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<p>Abby Menchenton enjoyed the high point of her dance career this summer when she joined in the parade at Magic Kingdom.&nbsp;</p>
<p>Abby Menchenton enjoyed the high point of her dance career this summer when she joined in the parade at Magic Kingdom.&nbsp;</p>

A young girl with ties to Grand Falls-Windsor experienced the highlight of her dancing career earlier this summer.

Eleven-year-old Abby Menchenton lives in Paradise, but her parents, Helene and Jason, are from Grand Falls-Windsor, and they still have family in Grand Falls-Windsor, including Abby’s grandparents Albert and Leona Menchenton and Helene and Gerard O’Leary.

Abby has been dancing since the age of three, and dances with friends at the Connie Parsons School of Dance in ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, modern and exam ballet.

This year, the school participated in Dance The World at Disney World, and Abby was one of 54 dancers from the school who took part during the week of June 27.

The group had a workshop with Whitney Carson from Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance.

“She taught us this Michael Jackson dance that was an actual performance of Michael Jackson,” Abby said.

They started their performances by dancing for the parents.

“We did all our dances from the recital the previous year,” Abby said. “There were a bunch of other dance schools from different places in North America.”

Their second performance was a parade on Main Street in Magic Kingdom.

“We danced to the song Happy,” Abby said. “There were a bunch of people from all around North America there. We all danced together.”

Their third performance, and her favourite part of the trip, was in Downtown Disney.

“We were on a stage and our dance group got to perform the opening dance,” Abby said. “There were a bunch of people who just stopped and watch us. There was a lot of people watching. It was really fun.”

The trip, she said, was special to share with her friends and dancers she has been performing with for many years.

Eleven-year-old Abby Menchenton lives in Paradise, but her parents, Helene and Jason, are from Grand Falls-Windsor, and they still have family in Grand Falls-Windsor, including Abby’s grandparents Albert and Leona Menchenton and Helene and Gerard O’Leary.

Abby has been dancing since the age of three, and dances with friends at the Connie Parsons School of Dance in ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, modern and exam ballet.

This year, the school participated in Dance The World at Disney World, and Abby was one of 54 dancers from the school who took part during the week of June 27.

The group had a workshop with Whitney Carson from Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance.

“She taught us this Michael Jackson dance that was an actual performance of Michael Jackson,” Abby said.

They started their performances by dancing for the parents.

“We did all our dances from the recital the previous year,” Abby said. “There were a bunch of other dance schools from different places in North America.”

Their second performance was a parade on Main Street in Magic Kingdom.

“We danced to the song Happy,” Abby said. “There were a bunch of people from all around North America there. We all danced together.”

Their third performance, and her favourite part of the trip, was in Downtown Disney.

“We were on a stage and our dance group got to perform the opening dance,” Abby said. “There were a bunch of people who just stopped and watch us. There was a lot of people watching. It was really fun.”

The trip, she said, was special to share with her friends and dancers she has been performing with for many years.

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