I don’t even know where to begin!!! ……..On my WCDT LA Dance Tour we stayed right in the heart of Hollywood, just a block away from the main strip, Hollywood Boulevard. We even witnessed a movie premier with the red carpet, cameras and all! even that was just an eye opener, you don’t see that everyday!
We got to take AMAZING dance classes at the top studios (IDA Hollywood, Millennium Dance Complex and Edge Pac) with top choreographers where artists such as Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Chris Brown and many more have danced and trained, you name the artist i can guarantee you they have stepped foot in these studios!
We had our own private classes with just the tour group and we also had the chance to jump in so regular classes with all the LA locals which was awesome. I cant even find the words to explain how good the dance classes were (hence why you need to go on a tour and see for yourself!) the choreographers are all such great teachers and it was really cool to experience an LA class in general.
We also had Seminars with some of the choreographers/dancers where we all just sat down in a room and they shared their experiences and jobs they’ve done such as back up dancing on tour with an artist, music videos, auditions etc also how they started off in the dance world how to get in on the dance scene in LA and pretty much how to make it as a dancer over there as its tough because every single person is good. Myself along with another girl from the tour had the chance to take one of our most favourite of all time choreographers classes, i was literally trying so hard to keep my cool and not be to much of a fan girl, his name is Matt Steffanina.
This was a major highlight for me as i look up to him, i always watch his videos on Youtube so to actually be in one of his classes in real life in Los Angeles left me speechless it was like a tick off of my bucket list!
Besides all the wicked dance classes we took most days, of course we did the theme parks and all sights to see in LA! Also having free time to go roaming and shopping and trying all the food of course. The Runyon Canyon Hike was insane, you’re probably thinking a hike? really? but WOW…the view is so worth the dead feeling legs once you reach the top, you can literally see the WHOLE of the city from up there, the city on one side and the Hills and Hollywood sign on the other. I didn’t want to walk back down! I even done the hike a second day at 6:30 to watch the sun come up over LA and my goodness it is one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen, I’m not even exaggerating.
We done the famous Hollywood Tours where we were driven up through Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive and up to some gorgeous look outs to see the Hollywood sign (although you could see that from almost everywhere) and not to mention see the homes of Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Michael Jackson, Ellen Degeneres, The Beckhams, Lil Wayne and so many more. As well as homes/places where things like the Matrix and Fresh Prince of Belair were filmed.
Then of course we done a VIP tour of Warner Brothers Studios, where we got to see all the TV/Movie sets and lots from shows including Pretty Little Liars, Desperate Housewives and we even got to go on the real sets of The Mentalist and Friends which was super cool! We done the same sort of thing at Universal studios Hollywood which we got to do on one of our off days but obviously got to do all the rides and attractions as well as see a live stunt show where they had stuntmen from shows like NCIS and even a guy of High School Musical, as you can imagine we were all fan girling over that!!
Then there was Santa Monica Beach day, a day to relax in the California sunshine! If we weren’t lying on the beach or swimming, or shopping we were up on the Santa Monica Pier doing all the rides!! This was also a super fun day!
Then towards the end of the trip we moved to Anaheim California, about a 40 minute bus ride from Hollywood. Anaheim is where the amazing Disney Land is where we got to stay a 5 minute walk away from park. You can imagine all the excitement for these last 3 days at Disney, i mean who’s bucket list is Disney Land not on right??
Not only were we just going to Disney Land but taking a class/ experiencing a mock audition at BACKSTAGE Disney, when i say backstage i mean strictly nobody but the staff are allowed back there as thats where all the magic happens, no cameras allowed no nothing so we all felt very honoured and privileged to experience this. The mock audition at backstage Disney felt so surreal, i felt so extremely nervous it felt that legit. Definitely a push out of the comfort zone, especially for me as i was the only one in the tour group having only done Hip Hop my entire life, so doing jazz routines etc was challenging but i enjoyed every moment of it, this was a once in a lifetime experience i couldn’t not participate!
Disney Land itself is really the most magical place like they say, no matter how old you are! The rides are beyond amazing there really is no way to explain Disney Land its something you have to go see!! So having the opportunity to just go there was crazy, i was like a kid in a candy store for the very first time.
This trip was honestly the most unreal thing i have ever done, again i can’t find the words to explain properly. You gain enormous amounts of knowledge to the point where your brain just wants to pop (in a good way!!) the experiences and opportunities are for sure a once in a lifetime thing. I mean you can always go back to Los Angeles but the things World Class Dance Tours allows you to do on this trip is unbeatable.
You make life long friends and truely find yourself as a dancer. This has helped me realize so many things about myself, my future goals and what i want to pursue as a dancer, where i want to go with it and what i need to do to get there.
Since this trip i have moved from New Zealand over to Brisbane Australia to work on my dancing, as i mentioned earlier i have only ever done Hip Hop since i was 6 (I’m now 19) so being here is helping me learn other genres which the trip to LA helped me do, without this whole experience i wouldn’t have gained half as much knowledge that i have from this trip alone.
It is truely life changing, so i encourage anyone that has a passion for dance to take one of the WCDT trips it will seriously change you whole outlook on dance and even life itself, lets just say it left me gobsmacked and i did not want to come home!!!!!!!!!
– Hope Wylde, Dancer