“Music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of the soul” – Plato
Last night my littlest sister (17) performed with The Young Americans. The Young Americans are a group of 20-somethings who travel the USA, Europe and Japan providing music workshops and performance opportunities to children and teenagers. Over the last 3 days they took around 150 children from local schools age 7 to 18 and taught them songs and dance routines so they could perform a show for their family and friends at the end.
And wow what a show! The first half was performed by The Y.A with a real passion and infectious enthusiasm. Each performer was incredibly talented in both song and dance and really let their own individual character shine through. You name it they did it, hip hop, tap, swing, The Beatles, African. The show was modern, catchy and fun.
In the second half it was time for the English children to participate and I was really overwhelmed to see so many confident children and teenagers loving being in the limelight. You could tell they were so proud to be joining the Y.A up on stage and that their enthusiasm was really catching. The Y.A group mix with the children while performing, bounding about with amazing energy, motivating and supporting the kids in all their singing and dancing roles. I could see for myself just how much these children looked up to them and I understand why. They are truly inspiring role models with not only a passion for song and dance but for life. I admire them – what a fantastic thing to be able to do, touching the lives of children all around the world, showing them what it is like to have a passion in life.
Music has always been a big part of my life and I am constantly amazed how it can move me like nothing else. It can speak right to my heart, lift me up, make me sad, nostalgic, inspired…. I was reminded of this tonight as I watched the children join together, having so much fun, bringing so much joy into the room. However corny ;) I even had moist eyes at their rendition of “we are the world, we are the children…”
If you would like more information about The Young Americans and how they could potentially visit your child’s school or local area please visit http://www.youngamericans.org/index.php/hosting-the-young-americans