ISHPEMING TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WLUC) - Hundreds of students, from elementary to high school, gathered at Westwood High School Tuesday for the final day of the Young Americans Musical Outreach Workshop.
At the end of the workshop, the Young Americans and the students put on an entire show for the public. (WLUC Photo)
At the end of the workshop, the Young Americans and the students put on an entire show for the public.
"We teach them a whole show throughout three full days. So that involves singing, it involves a lot of choral music and a lot of dancing with different styles of dance. We do hip-hop dancing and dances to Disney songs, and it's just a whole bunch of fun and a whole bunch of hanging out with the kids,” said Young Americans Staging Director, Ryan Pochop.
The Young Americans travel all over to not only teach students performing arts, but to get kids out of their comfort zones and have fun.
"It's more about teaching them that they have the confidence to do anything they want in the world,” Pochop said.
Kendyl Dahlstrom, a sophomore at Negaunee High School, participated in the workshop to improve her performing skills. She said the workshop has given her more confidence.
"It's a really good time and even if you're not good at something, it's still really fun,” Dahlstrom said.
Negaunee High School junior, Maya Hill, agrees that the workshop has gotten her out of her comfort zone. She says she's learned a lot over the past three days.
"They gave me two dancing solos and I am not a dancer. I was scared, but you kind of just have to go out there, come out of your shell, and as I said before, no one's going to be judged or anything," Hill said.
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