At 7 a.m. on April 11, 2016, participants mastering skills such as dance, song and musical instruments stepped foot onto the House of Blues’ stage at Disney Springs. The day had an early start, but nonetheless, 24 participants combined their talents to create a high-energy show. Enchanting and jaw-dropping acts including contemporary dance, pop mashups, popular songs in different languages, comedic performances, hula dancing, tappers, baton-twirling and more made this an unforgettable night. Take a look through some of our top performers!
Best Dance: Elias
In his second Night of Stars performance, Elias had the audience movin’ and groovin’ in their seats with his dance to “Downtown” by Macklemore. Already such a pro, Elias combined different styles including hip-hop, salsa and gymnastics into his well-choreographed routine.
Best Vocalist: Maili
Maili, with her powerhouse vocals, had the eyes, ears and hearts of every audience member with just the first two notes of her ballad. She sang “At Last” by Etta James and certainly did the classic song justice.
Best Specialty: Sumire
The audience, along with Sumire, was all smiles during her high-energy performance of a traditional Tahitian dance to “Aparima and Otea”. We may have all been in our seats, but the performance certainly took everyone’s imagination to a paradise in Tahiti.
Best Instrumental: Jose and Mathew
Nothing is better than two friends jammin’ out to a song! Mathew with his amazing ukulele skills accompanied Jose in a rendition of “You and I Both”, originally sung by Jason Mraz.
Best Overall: Autumn
Drumroll please! Autumn rivaled competitors on Dancing with the Stars with her characterized, creative and skillful dance moves that often combined both contemporary and acrobatic styles. All eyes were on her during a mesmerizing and striking dance to “Carousel”.
We, Disney Housing Professional Interns, may not have won an award or have been eligible, but we had just as much fun as everyone else. In celebrating the Disney College Program’s 35th birthday, we decided to throw things back to 1981 when the program started (Fun fact – back then it was called the “Magic Kingdom College Program”) with a tribute to the former attraction, Captain EO, and the late Michael Jackson, by starting off with “We are Here to Change the World”. We then progressed through the years of when superstars like Whitney Houston, Spice Girls and *NSYNC ruled the music charts, and all the way to the hits of today like “Sorry” by Justin Bieber.
This signature Disney Internships and Programs event is certainly one of the most vivacious and memorable to be a part of. For anyone on a program or planning to attend, this event is not to be missed, and if you are a performer, start practicing now because being a part of the show is absolutely rewarding!