The New Milford High School was transformed into an underwater world when Studio D’s talented dancers recently performed their version of the classic Walt Disney movie.

Under the artistic direction of Rebecca Anderson Darling, “The Little Mermaid — in Motion — was a collaborative creation between Studio D teachers, dancers and the community.

More than 160 dancers brought the animated tale to life.

“The Little Mermaid — In Motion” followed Ariel and her sisters as she faced obstacles that real life children and teenagers endure today: rebelling against her parents, and challenging societal norms, facing bullies, and finding her own identity and romantic love.

The cast included Gabriela Esposito and Ruby Latta as the older and younger Ariel; Emilia Tesoriero as Ursula; Elizabeth Hawley, Anna Silva and Samantha Hawley as Ariel’s friends Sebastian, Scuttle and Flounder, respectively; Maria Pellegrino as Queen Athena, Katie Lukens as Vanessa; and special guest artist Ben Coalter, Studio D instructor and Pilobolus dancer, as Prince Eric.

Other soloists included Rachael Tomanelli as Marina del Ray and Sarah Rondini as Chef Louis.

In other news, Elizabeth Hawley and Gabriela Esposito, dancers with Studio D for 10 and 12 years and D-tour Dance Company members, will graduate this year.

They both have danced lead roles in many Studio D dance productions and will continue dancing in College next year.