Today we're going to celebrate Feel Good Friday with a song and dance while we learn more about Performing Stars!
As summarized on their website, "Performing Stars of Marin is a non-profit organization founded in 1990. We provide access to professional training in the performing, visual and literary arts, as well as social skills and various enrichment opportunities to youth who are underserved due to economic, cultural or social barriers."
Programs for children include ballet, zydeco music and theater classes, among others. Not only do the children learn the artistic skills, they "build pride, character, discipline and self-esteem." As a person who has been involved in the performing arts since I was little, I agree with the mission statement: "Our programs help youth develop good work habits and positive social skills, enhance academic performance and professional readiness, improv critical thinking and communication skills, and gain the confidence they need to overcome the limitations imposed by poverty."
You can watch this CBS report on local musician Narada Michael Walden, who recently won a Jefferson Award for his support of Performing Stars, and see some of the kids singing. You can also see young zydeco musicians in action in this short video. (How do I get one of those musical metal vests?)
Performing Stars will celebrate 25 years of service in Marin with a tribute to Motown fundraiser on September 26th! If you're unable to attend, you can send a donation at a time that is convenient for you and your wallet.
As always, be sure to like their Facebook page and follow them on Twitter @PerformingStars to keep up with the latest classes and performances. Maybe that's how I'll find out how to get one of those musical metal vests. Seriously, they look so fun!