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Elite Emeralds Perform at Garden of Dreams Talent Show

May 4, 2023 / Independent Youth News

Elite Emeralds, a dance group of 9-11-year-olds from SCO’s Beacon After School Program, performed at the 2023 Garden of Dreams Talent Show, and they didn’t disappoint! The group did a choreographed dance routine to Demi Lovato’s “Confident” on the Great Stage at Radio City Music Hall, feeding off the energy of the lively crowd of 2,000 who came to cheer on the participants.

The Elite Emeralds derived their name as a nod to the beauty and elegance that emeralds symbolize, as these young dancers share the same love and beauty for dance. The group meets weekly in their Brooklyn neighborhood to practice, support and motivate one another to overcome obstacles as they strive to excel at their craft and work towards their dream to “reach beyond what they know.” They create a safe space for all through dance.

This was the 15th annual Garden of Dreams Talent Show, giving roughly 150 youth in Garden of Dreams’ partner agencies the opportunity to showcase their talents in front of friends, family, staff and celebrities in attendance. It included singing, dancing, musical instrument performances and more.

Each act was escorted onto the stage by two Radio City Rockettes and was treated to a backdrop of spectacular lighting and effects to add to the electricity of the moment. Programs included a bio of each performer or group, sharing background on where they came from and what piqued their interest in their craft.

It was truly the experience of a lifetime.

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