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Celebrity Spotlight: Corbin Bleu

Posted by Takwan Hargrove on Sep 19, 2019 5:54:00 PM

Corbin Bleu is coming to the 'Big Apple'! The Broadway and movie star joined us in New York City for Dance The World Broadway in 2019 and will be back in 2020!

Corbin began appearing on television at the age of two in television commercials. At this young age, he discovered his love for dance when he started taking jazz and ballet classes. Corbin's acting career began after his family moved to Los Angeles and he landed a recurring role on the television series High Incident. From then, Bleu landed multiple small roles in several feature films. Throughout this time Corbin continued to dance. He later became one of the first students at Debbie Allen Dance Academy and eventually attended the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts as a theater major. Corbin landed his first lead role in Catch That Kid. Corbin rose to stardom after he landed a major role in the hit Disney High School Musical film series. Corbin Bleu joined the cast of Dancing with the Stars for show's seventeenth season. 

Corbin returned to his theatre roots after being cast in the Broadway show In the Heights. Corbin continued to star in Broadway shows like Holiday Inn, The New Irving Berlin Musical and most recently Kiss Me, Kate. 

During Dance The World Broadway Corbin will host each Times Square Performance, teach a masterclass workshop, and take group photos with each dance studio. We're excited to have Corbin Bleu back with us for Dance The World Broadway.

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Topics: Celebrity Appearances, Dance The World Broadway, Corbin Bleu

Which National Dance Competition to Choose?

Posted by Takwan Hargrove on Sep 19, 2019 3:22:09 PM

World Dance Competition is truly a competition like no other! Our competition sets itself apart from the rest by taking place at the Walt Disney World® Resort, one of the world's top vacation destinations! Our competition also includes parade performances, celebrity judges, workshops and more! There are over 150 dance competitions to chose from in the United States. Here are a few questions to consider when deciding on which national dance competition to attend.

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Topics: Celebrity Appearances, Sharna Burgess, The World Dance Competition, Geo Hubela

Celebrity Spotlight: Sharna Burgess

Posted by Takwan Hargrove on Sep 5, 2019 5:14:00 PM

Sharna Burgess from Dancing with the Stars on ABC will be joining us for the Dance The World and World Dance Competition events at the Walt Disney World® Resort in 2020.

A native Australian based out of Los Angeles, Sharna Burgess, is a creator, storyteller, choreographer and all-around performer whose work spans theater, film, Broadway, and television.

Burgess began dancing at only five years old. At this young age, she started to train in ballet, jazz, and gymnastics. She began to study ballroom dance at the age of eight. She was chosen to represent Australia at the World Championships in both the Standard and Latin styles and performed in the 2000 Summer Olympics Closing Ceremony at only 15 years old. 

Once she turned 18, Sharna moved to London where she collected numerous titles and appeared on a UK tour with the show Simply Ballroom. After appearing on Simply Ballroom Sharna toured with Burn the Floor for the next six years and was also apart of the cast once the show moved to Broadway. Sharna Burgess' first television appearances were on the Australian Dancing with the Stars (took out the comma) and So You Think You Can Dance in Belgium and the Netherlands. She joined the cast of Dancing with the Stars on ABC as a troupe member for season 13 in 2011. She also assisted So You Think You Can Dance choreographer Jason Gilkison on both the Australian and American versions of the show. She remained on the Dancing with the Stars troupe until the end of season 15 and became a regular pro on season 16 of the show. While on Dancing with the Stars, her popularity rose very quickly becoming a regular finalist and fan favorite. In 2018, Sharna won her first Mirror Ball Trophy with partner Bobby Bones. In 2019 Sharna joined the judges' panel for Dance with the Stars Australia.

During Dance The World Sharna will warm-up performers at rehearsals, teach a masterclass workshop, and perform at the gala. During World Dance Competition, Sharna will help judge the competition alongside Geo Hubela and David Houde, host a masterclass workshop, and perform at the gala dinner event and awards ceremony.

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Topics: Dance The World, Celebrity Appearances, Sharna Burgess, The World Dance Competition

Cook Around The World 2020 Celebrity Chef is...

Posted by Takwan Hargrove on Aug 23, 2019 11:39:12 AM

Alex Guarnaschelli

Alex Guarnaschelli will join us in 2020 for Cook Around The World! We are so excited to have this renowned chef as our celebrity guest. 

Alex Guarnaschelli grew up in New York City, where she found her love of food at an early age. Her mother was a cookbook editor, and her father is an Italian and Chinese cooking enthusiast. After graduating from Barnard College, Alex began to explore her culinary interests and began working under the acclaimed American chef, Larry Forgione. After being encouraged by her mentor, Alex moved to Burgundy, France, to do a work-study at La Varenne Culinary School. Alex then moved to Paris and began a four-day "stage" at Guy Savory. This four-day "stage" turned into four years. After her four years at Guy Savory, Alex became a sous chef a La Butte Chaillot. After working and living in France for seven years, Alex decided to return home to New York, where she joined Daniel Boulud at his restaurant, Daniel. Alex then became a sous chef at the Manhattan standard. Alex then moved to Los Angeles to join Joachim Splichal's Patina Group, where she worked at the acclaimed Patina, a restaurant on Melrose in West Hollywood. In 2003 Alex became the executive chef at Butter Restaurant in New York City.

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Topics: Cook Around The World, Celebrity Appearances, Alex Guarnaschelli

Celebrity Spotlight: Sasha Farber

Posted by Takwan Hargrove on Sep 20, 2018 6:00:00 PM

 

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Topics: Dance The World, Celebrity Appearances, The World Dance Competition, Walt Disney World, Emma Slater, Sasha Farber

Celebrity Spotlight: Emma Slater

Posted by Takwan Hargrove on Aug 30, 2018 5:21:00 PM

 

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Topics: Dance The World, Celebrity Appearances, The World Dance Competition, Walt Disney World, Emma Slater, Sasha Farber

Thank You from the Cook Around The World 2018 team!

Posted by Arielle Burger on May 14, 2018 9:38:17 AM

From all of us at World Class Vacations, we would like to thank you for attending our Cook Around The World event this year! We loved meeting all school administrators, teachers, chaperones, and students. We had a great time and we hope you had a fantastic experience as well!

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Topics: Contests, Cook Around The World, Celebrity Appearances, Education, Walt Disney World

Staff Spotlight Feature: World Dance Competition

Posted by Arielle Burger on Nov 6, 2017 11:32:55 AM

 In the summer of 2017, World Class Vacations launched a brand-new dance event at Walt Disney World known as the World Dance Competition! This event is a dance competition like no other. Dancers have the opportunity to perform with their studio in a dance competition and then get to be a part of a parade through a Disney park! Our judges in 2017 included Witney Carson from Dancing with the Stars, Geo Hubela, a well-known hip hop dancer and choreographer, and David Houde, a Disney Talent and Entertainment Manager. Lindsay Arnold, a professional dancer on Dancing with the Stars, will be joining the team for 2018! Geo Hubela and David Houde will be returning to adjudicate the competition as well.

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Topics: Celebrity Appearances, The World Dance Competition, Geo Hubela, Walt Disney World, Lindsay Arnold

Celebrity Spotlight: Meet Our 2018 Celebrity Chef, Aarón Sanchez!

Posted by Arielle Burger on Oct 4, 2017 10:11:13 AM

The Cook Around The World staff is proud to present our 2018 Celebrity Chef and lead judge for 2018 – Chef Aarón Sánchez! Chef Sánchez is an award-winning chef, TV personality, cookbook author, and philanthropist. He is the chef and owner of Mexican restaurant Johnny Sanchez, with locations in New Orleans and Baltimore, and a judge on FOX’s hit culinary competition series, MASTERCHEF.

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Topics: Cook Around The World, Announcements, Celebrity Appearances, Education, Walt Disney World

Celebrity Spotlight: Lindsay Arnold!

Posted by Arielle Burger on Sep 12, 2017 12:42:41 PM

We are proud to announce that professional dancer, Lindsay Arnold, will be our Celebrity for Dance The World and the World Dance Competition in 2018! We are so excited to have Lindsay join our team this upcoming summer. (Read below to learn more about Lindsay and her journey becoming a celebrity performer!)

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Topics: Dance The World, Announcements, Celebrity Appearances, traveling, The World Dance Competition, Walt Disney World