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In just a few weeks, a unique afterschool workshop begins in Corona and Eastvale. The program in Corona is open to 3rd grade through 12th grade students, while the Eastvale workshops are open to K-12 students.
On the surface, the program works like this:
· Students attend a two-hour, after-school program once a week for a session of 8-10 weeks.
· During each meeting, they are split into peer groups & rotate between acting, singing & dance classes.
· The students are taught about different aspects of performance as they also learn songs, skits and dance routines that will be included in a musical-variety show presented at the end of the session for family, friends and the community.
· The final show will be a two-hour concert featuring The Young Americans and starring the local students from the workshop.
· The teachers and directors are all current or former members of The Young Americans International Music Outreach Program.
The Young Americans (www.youngamericans.org) is a non-profit organization founded in 1962 and is credited with being the original show choir. The group is comprised of over two hundred 18-25-year-olds from all over the United States and dozens of honorary YAs from other countries like England, Ireland, Scotland, Poland, Japan, Australia, Germany, Canada, Sweden and Russia.
Bruce Sampson is an alumnus of the YAs and currently serves an associate director and an adjunct professor at the Young Americans College of the Performing Arts. Through his Eastvale-based company, ICON Performing Arts (www.iconarts.org), he produces these programs and other events and workshops for Southern California youth.
Although The Young Americans travel the world doing three-day workshops and performances, this afterschool program only exists in the Corona area. (This week, they will send three casts of 45 out to tour for three months in the United States, Japan and The United Kingdom.)
ICON Arts programs and that of The Young Americans combine music and the arts with respect, energy, teamwork, compassion and the positive belief in each other to do amazing things!
“After several years of traveling the world and seeing first-hand how lives have been positively impacted by what we do; I knew it was time to bring this to our own backyard,” said Sampson. “You can’t really describe in words what this program is and what it does for the people who participate. You have to experience it for yourself!”
The Spring session begins January 23rd. The cost ranges from $85 - $110 depending on location.
To register, visit www.iconarts.org or call 951-371-5239 for more information.