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Northview senior visits London

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Northview High School senior Megan Heaton spent part of her summer in London, England, with the dance company she is a member of, Dance Magic Performing Arts Company. The troupe performed for patrons at the 2012 Olympics.
Northview High School senior Megan Heaton had quite an amazing summer.

Just a few weeks prior to the start of the 2012 NHS girls' golf season, Heaton managed to take part in what she called "the trip of a lifetime."

She got to spend close to 10 days in London, England, with a dance company she is a member of.

Heaton is a member of Dance Magic Performing Arts Company, based in Indianapolis. The dance troupe, consisting of 30 performers, had been invited to take part in the 2012 London Summer Olympics as entertainment.

"It was amazing," Heaton said of the trip. "Everything about London was not what I expected."

While in London, the troupe performed twice for two different days. One day, they performed near Warwick Castle. On another day, the troupe performed near the equestrian and swimming complexes, close to the Olympic Village.

Heaton said the dance troupe auditioned to perform at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and earned a spot. In 2012, they were invited back by the Olympic Committee.

The group left the United States July 25, and came back Aug. 2. Performances took place July 27 and 28.

"We just performed for people walking to the Olympics," Heaton said. "We were just entertainment. But (the people heading to Olympic events) were so pumped up about the Olympics."

Heaton said she has been a member of the troupe for three years, joining when she was a freshman at Northview. However, she has danced for approximately 14 years.

"I've been dancing for companies throughout my whole dancing career," she said.

According to the Dance Magic Performing Arts Company website -- www.dmpac.net -- the organization "offers classes for various disciplines in dance for students of all ages."

The organization has two programs -- recreational dance and the Company.

The Company, according to the website, is "for dancers who have shown not only the effort and attitude, but also the technical ability in dance. Joining the Company is by invitation or audition."

Linda Rees founded the organization in 1981.

While overseas, Heaton and troupe members also enjoyed some sightseeing, including a trip to Paris, France.

"All of the buildings are so old," she said of her time in Europe. "I had never been overseas. Just getting that opportunity was like, 'wow.'

"It was life-changing."

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Megan, you deserve this and much, much more! You are such a joy to be around and a wonderfully compassionate, caring person. Everyone who knows you, loves you. Your parents must be proud .. and they should be. Congratulations!

-- Posted by Emmes on Fri, Aug 10, 2012, at 3:47 PM

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