Ormond Beach’s European School of Performing Arts Invited to perform at the Arts Festival in China.

Ormond Beach’s European School of Performing Arts
Invited to perform at the Arts Festival in China.

Ormond Beach, FL – 18 youth dancers from Ormond Beach’s European School of Performing Arts (ESPA) will spend November 10-18, 2013 representing Florida as one of only two US invitees (and the only US youth group) at the 15th Annual International Arts Festival in Shanghai, China.
With talents like The Boys Choir of Harlem and trumpeter extraordinaire Chris Botti in attendance in recent years, the Festival, hosted by the Ministry of Culture and Shanghai Municipal People’s Government, is a by-invitation-only gathering of elite musicians, dancers, actors and other performance artists from around the world.
The Ormond Beach dancers – whose ages range from 13 to 17 – could not be happier about representing their community, state, and country in Shanghai during the Festival’s “Daily Performances,” “Foreign Artists in the Community,” and “Family Day” events.
“This is a once in a lifetime experience for all of us,”  says ESPA dancer and Spruce Creek High student Diana Cheney, 15.  “I am honored to say all of our hard work and dedication is going towards representing the United States in such a distinguished international festival.”
The immense honor brings with it an equally immense price tag to fund airfare, travel-related expenses and costumes.  The teens and their parents will host fundraisers leading up to the trip, including a Bowling with the Ballerinas event (date/location TBA), but they are also inviting local businesses and individuals to sponsor the trip to be part of the excitement. Sponsorship benefits include exposure regional marketing and media efforts and in-kind opportunities.
Brad Giles, owner and operator of Giles Electric, Inc. in South Daytona and father of one of the ESPA dancers, has committed a sponsorship from his company and hopes that others in the community will jump on board, even if they have no blood relation to the girls.
“We would be delighted if the entire community got behind these hard-working, spirited young ladies.  We should all share in their pride and show the country and the world that we support our kids and the arts in the Daytona Beach area.”
For more information and for sponsorship opportunities, please contact Germaine Bledsoe at (386) 677-6316 or espa@espadance.com.  A fundraising page is posted at .
Note: For performance designation in November, the Festival will formally advertise the group as “American Sunshine State Youth Performance Art School Dance Group” in its event materials and on its website.
For more information on ESPA, visit or call 386-677-6316.

About the China Shanghai International Arts Festival
Approved by the State Council of the People’s Republic of China, the China Shanghai International Arts Festival, the only national level international arts festival in the country, is sponsored by the Ministry of Culture and organized by Shanghai Municipal People’s Government. The China Shanghai International Arts Festival aims to absorb the best cultures around the world, to promote Chinese traditional arts, and to enhance cultural exchanges between China and the rest of the world. The festival activities include art program shows, art exhibitions, the mass cultural activities and trade fair of programs, arts and crafts.  The 2013 festival will take place October 18 through November 18. For more information, visit

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