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Top 5 Cities to Experience America's Music History

Written by Brightspark Travel

From Chicago to Nashville to New York, the U.S. showcases its diverse musical traditions in iconic cities and venues where your band, choir, orchestra, or theatre group can connect with the very best of the professional music world. Click below to download our latest infographic and learn more about each destination.

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Disney Professional Says NPAF Is “Top-Notch”

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Michael currently works as an assistant and technical director at a high school theatre department, but he has experience working in Walt Disney World® Resort as a stagehand. After learning about the National Performing Arts Festival, and what it had to offer students, he knew that it was really a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.” Here are some highlights from his performance travel experience. 

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Hawaiian Group Travels to Disney for a Performance Festival

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Traveling from Hawaii is expensive. Traveling from Hawaii to Florida is really expensive. But that didn’t stop Meagan Olsen’s island-based theatre group from competing in the National Performing Arts Festival in Disney World. We spoke with her about how she made it possible for her students to participate in this event. Here’s some of what she had to say:

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10 Great Photos From the National Performing Arts Festival

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The 2016 National Performing Arts Festival at Walt Disney World took place on Friday, Feb. 19 through Monday, Feb. 21. This unique performance event is a three-day festival filled with competition and inspiration. Theatre and dance students from across the country join together to learn from Disney actors, participate in various workshops, compete in performance competitions, and most importantly, make memories that will last a lifetime. 

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Disney Dance Tours: Teacher Shares Fundraising Experiences

Written by Brightspark Travel

We had the pleasure of speaking with one of newest clients, Kimberly, about her experience planning and fundraising for a Disney dance tour. In addition to teaching seventh-grade language arts, Kimberly leads an after-school dance team and is constantly looking for new ways to inspire her students.

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Broadway 2016: A Student Traveler's Guide

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No matter what your group type, a New York City student tour wouldn’t be complete without a Broadway show. We put together a list of the top Broadway 2016 shows for every group type.

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Star of Finding Nemo Join Us at the National Performing Arts Festival

Written by Brightspark Travel

We’re constantly inspired by those we work with, and the National Performing Arts Festival’s featured actor Michelle Knight is no exception.

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Our National Performing Arts Festival Celebrates 10 Years

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When the crème of the crop gets together, performance magic is bound to happen. Find out why this performance event is more than a competition. 

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MA School Fundraises Their Way to National Performing Arts Festival

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It takes more than just practice to make it to a big stage like this. “We did some car washes, we did some chocolate sales, Yankee Candle fundraisers," Shirley Guerreiro, co-Director of the Dartmouth (MA) High School Theater Company, recently told NPR"So we’ve been fundraising a little bit every month since last year.” Rehearsals, too, have been going on since September.

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