Thirty-five dancers from Yoko's Dance and Performing Arts Academy will have the opportunity of a lifetime to dance in London, and maybe catch a glimpse of the Summer Olympics in London next month.
Out of 500 students, owner Yoko Young had to pick her best 35 students ages 12 to 20 to accompany her to the United Kingdom's capital to participate in a dance festival at Warwick Castle in the northwest of England and at the Ireland Gardens, according to the Fremont Bulletin.
"They contacted us last year and asked if we were interested because we are very well known and highly ranked," Young said. "We have gone to Japan to perform and we performed at the Thanksgiving Day Dallas Cowboys game with Sheryl Crow."
The group will be performing a 30-minute production that has a little bit of every kind of dance including contemporary, jazz, tap, ballet and lyrical, according to Young.
The traveling and intense competitions are just another part of Young's program at the academy.
"It's absolutely wonderful," Young said. "It's a big deal, I don't know of anyone else but us who got invited from California."
One of the students who will be performing in London is 14-year-old Harker Academy sophomore Shannon Su, who is thrilled to be going.
"I am really happy and honored to go perform at the Olympics," said Su, who has been dancing since she was 3.
The thing she is most excited about doing in London? Visiting Harry Potter World.