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MANSURA, La.- A local dance studio is in the spotlight tonight, after getting the attention of a big city talent agent. News Channel 5's Rachael Penton introduces us to six young ladies who are taking their talents to Broadway.

When a famous Broadway casting director named Peter Sklar showed up at The Dance Factory in Mansura, owner Jill Chatelain said she couldn't have been prouder. The New York City agent, was looking for Broadway talent at her studio in this small town.

"To know that someone out there kept telling him you need to go see this Dance Factory, you need to go see this studio that they've got some good training there was just amazing to me...a nice pat on the back," says Chatelain.

A pretty big honor, since this is the man who discovered the likes of Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Jessica Parker and Mischa Barton.

And now, add six new Mansura possibilities to the list.

"Amelia, Sarah, Taylor, Raven, Isabella, Jada."

These young ladies will head to New York next month, for an invitation-only training workshop in dancing and acting from real Broadway stars and learn important life lessons like healthy living habits.

"I think he's going to expect a lot out of us...to work hard and just to do our best," says 16 year old Amelia Canal.

Despite the point that was made that there will be hard work involved, they say they're jumping for joy.

"Very excited."

"Good, happy, excited."

"I'm excited. ready to meet new people and stuff."

"Excited and can't wait to go."

"It's this big opportunity for us to become something in life."

But whether these girls make it from Mansura to Manhattan one day is not what's truly important she says. It's about the privilege to be chosen for this experience.

"This is a small town so you don't think any of your students would ever become professionals and they may or may not, but just the lifetime skills that they will be learning...to me it's just an amazing experience and I'm very proud of all of them," says Chatelain.

"New York here we come!"

The kids leave August 5th and will spend about 10 days in New York City and will wrap up the workshop by performing live at the Orpheus Theatre.

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