12th Annual Celebrating Youth!

Wisconsin Youth Company presents the 12th annual Celebrating Youth! Sunday, January 30, 11 am – 5 pm at the Monona Terrace. Donations Welcome.

2011 will mark the 12th anniversary of Wisconsin Youth Company’s annual showcase of youth arts and performance. It’s a day to let young people know how much we value their contributions to our communities. It’s a celebration of the youth in our region and the diversity of their cultures, talents, and interests. We highlight the amazing talent and dedication of our youth, and give them a chance to shine and share their passions. Enjoy multiple stages of youth performances, a visual art exhibit, hands-on activities, and exhibit booths with resources on programs and services for youth and families. It’s a day filled with fun for all ages! Check the website for a complete schedule.

Currently scheduled performances:

Accompany of Kids: With an average age of fourteen, 50 to 60 youth will entertain you with high energy dance and vocal performances
Black Star Drumline & Music Makers (Boys & Girls Club of Dane County): The Boys & Girls Club of Dane County Black Star Drumline program was formed in 2004 and continues to grow.
Children’s Theater of Madison (CTM): Children’s Theater of Madison, a resident company of the Overture Center for the Arts, is Madison’s premiere theater for youth and families.
Club TNT (Today Not Tomorrow): Club TNT (Today Not Tomorrow) is a locally produced, sixty minute, weekly television show, airing Saturday mornings on TVW-14. Club TNT uses the medium of entertainment and technology to promote positive behaviors, build self-esteem and confidence ALL in a drug-, alcohol- and violence-free environment.
The Dance Academy of Mexico: The Academy is dedicated to teaching Mexican folkloric and traditional Aztec dances for everyone. They have approximately 80 students of all ages and experience.
East Madison Community Center Jugglers: The East Madison Community Center Jugglers are a group of elementary and middle school students from the after school programs at the East Madison Community Center.
EMCC Breakers: East Madison Community Center Breakers are drawn from our regular free Open Practice. About 40 people meet every week to practice and teach each other breakdancing.
Hua Mulan Traditional Chinese Dance Troupe: Hua Mulan Dance Troupe performs and fuses classical Chinese dance with other traditional cultural dances such as Indian Bharatanatyam; flamenco and Bollywood.
Kehl School of Dance: Kehl School of Dance is Madison’s original dance school run with programs such as Dance Sampler, Hip Hop, and Fairytale Ballet.
Madison Hope Chinese School: Immerse yourself in this culturally enriched performance to honor the year of the rabbit. Ribbons, handkerchiefs and waist drums will enthrall the audience.
Madison Unicyclists: Unicycle riders possess abundant energy, athleticism, artistry, and perseverance. Riders from the Madison Unicyclists unleash their creative energy riding backwards, hopping, spinning, jumping, and sitting atop “giraffe” unicycles.
Meadowood Elites: The Meadowood Elite Team is a dance teamcomprised of 10 youth from Toki Middle School.
Meenakshi Ganesan and the Kalaanjali School of Indian Dance: Indian Classical Dance form through various outreach programs, workshops, seminars, fund raisers performed by dancers as young as 5 years.
Pakistani Fashion Show: Youth from Wisconsin Youth Company’s afterschool program will showcase fashions from Pakistan.
Suzuki Strings of Madison: Since 1990, Suzuki Strings of Madison has provided children of all ages quality, comprehensive musical instruction through the violin. Musical selections will include Bach, Kabalevsky, Rameau, Faure and others.
Static Illusion: Static Illusion gives an opportunity for our youth to work together as a dance team and to showcase their talents in the community they live in.
Wild Rumpus Circus: Since 2001, they’ve been introducing kids to the fun and physicality of the circus arts, teaching focus and concentration, building self esteem and cooperation through juggling, clowning, acrobatics, aerial dance, stiltwalking and more.
Wisconsin Tibetan Association: There will be two traditional Tibetan dances performed by boys and girls ranging in age from 6 to 10 years old. Each performance will depict the distinctive traditional costume and dance of a province in Tibet.
Yonim Israeli Folk Dance Troupe: Yonim (Hebrew meaning doves, peace) is Madison’s Israeli Folk Dance Troupe. Dancers share their enthusiasm for Israeli Folk Dance and have fun while developing coordination, improving self esteem and learning to respect each other.
The Young Shakespeare Players: YSP is designed to show its participants, aged 7-18, and their families and the community that the plays of Shakespeare and Shaw are delightful, accessible, and fun.

The Wisconsin Youth Company is a non-profit organization providing care, recreation and enrichment programs to children and youth. For more information about what WYC offers area children, please check the website.

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