An echo of laughter and lively tunes still rings in the ears of 65 young artists as just a short time ago, rehearsal commenced for the Celebrate the Beat Pop Hop day camp. The energetic participants began by learning the basic dance moves for their performance at the Vail International Dance Festival. In addition to the camp teaching the kids a little rhythm, they also learn many other valuable lessons including patience, creativity and self-confidence. For five days, the students worked with Lil Buck, a Memphis New Ballet Ensemble member, perfecting their moves for their final performance on stage at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater.
After the first day of dancing with Lil Buck one young performer said, “I had a blast and learned a lot, but I think he is a little better than me.” –Omar Gasper, 11
|Omar (in blue) with Lil Buck|
This successful event is one of many that the Vail Valley Foundation hosts throughout the year, providing ongoing education to the Valley's youth. Read more about the VVF's programs here.
Watch videos of Lil Buck with the Celebrate the Beat kids below:
And view photos here!