BGCBC ANNUAL TALENT SHOW
Backstage at Broward College’s Bailey Hall was buzzing with excitement while twenty-five of our Club members waited backstage for the curtain to rise on our 2nd Annual The Dreamers Talent Showcase. Their energetic performances included heartfelt vocal performances and a variety of moving dance performances including praise, African, and hip hop. Our judges included actress and vocalist Edwidge DeJean Subirats, musician/lyricist/vocalist/producer, Dominic Flores, and Elizabeth Delacruz, an alumnus of our BGCBC arts programs.
Our witty and engaging emcee, Demerius Augustin, hyped up the audience while the judging panel tallied its scores. Steven F. of our Dr. Harold Reitman Club, who gave a soulful vocal performance of “Better Days” by Le’Andria Johnson, and Gamariyah R. of our Leo Goodwin Teen Center, who danced an expressive and engaging sorsonet from Ghana, tied for first place and earned a $250 gift card. Malik T. won second place and a $150 gift card for his high-energy dance performance that highlighted his impressive flexibility. Our third-place award, and a $100 gift card, went to the graceful praise dancing duo Raynaldine N. and Brie B., both of our Lauderhill Club.
The Dreamers Talent Showcase provides an opportunity for our youth to share their talents with friends, family and community within a professional theatre environment. For many of our youth and teens, this is not only the first time that they have performed on a stage, but it’s also the first time that they have been inside a theatre. Participation in our annual talent showcase cultivates a powerful sense of community amongst the performers as they share kind words of encouragement and support. Opportunities such as this talent showcase provide profoundly life-changing moments for our Club members and we are so thankful for the times and talents of all of the youth, staff and volunteers who made this event possible. We also extend our heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Marielena DeSanctis, College Provost & Senior VP for Academic Affairs & Student Service at Broward College, as well as her colleagues at Bailey Hall, for their assistance in securing beautiful Bailey Hall for this years’ experience. And a huge thank you to The Frederick A. DeLuca Foundation for their generous support of our arts program. Our Club members are already starting to prepare for next year’s showcase!