musical workshop

Three local teens joined other Nevada kids at the ‘Turn Up The Music” workshop at the Carson City Community Center over the weekend.

What started out as an apprehension for the unknown, ended up being one of the greatest experiences in the lives of three teens from Hawthorne. Diego Pittman, Alyjah Dotson and Caitlyn Rogers traveled to the Carson City Community Center to participate in a 20 hour comprehensive performance workshop which covered everything from vocal techniques and choreography dance movements, to improvisation and stage movement.

This in-depth training entitled, “Turn Up The Music” was an intensive three-day commitment which stretched their abilities into a professional performance. As the two-part production was presented on Saturday, March 12, twelve proud attendees from Hawthorne sat in the audience overwhelmed by all that had been accomplished. Parents, family, friends, one high school teacher and one Mineral County Board Member were moved from laughter to tears as they realized all that had been accomplished within these teens who had pioneered such a feat.

The workshop included Nevada kids which ranged in age from first grade to 12th graders, with each group bringing an interactive involvement to the performances. Professional staging, lighting, electronic backdrops and costuming added a tremendous magic which helped to transcend the imagination.

The Young Americans originated over 50 years ago, with a foundation of performances which ranged from live national television appearances, into producing well known actors, dancers, writers and Broadway stage talents. Over the years their mission evolved into engaging school age children into unlocking a potential toward developing confidence, musical talents and presenting the ability to gain the power to be themselves. With an emphasis on utilizing the right and left brain processes, each child gained new abilities which never seemed possible. An amazing transformation occurs as the kids quickly begin memorizing routines, lyrics, staging positions with dance steps, acting and the proper use of performance equipment such as mics and speakers.

Another strong component within this whirlwind of learning involves the many bonds that are created.

The Hawthorne teens not only connected with many of the fine Young American performers, but also made new friends from other areas of Nevada who also participated in the workshop.

At times the dance steps became exhaustive and grueling, while they were still memorizing new songs.

It challenged their brains and yet they were exhilarated by the fast pace of movement, as they never gave up and only wanted to learn more. The evidence was not only in their new performance abilities, it was seeded within.

The Young Americans have touring groups throughout the world. Currently there are three casts traveling, which are made up of about 40 members, with an average age of 24 years old. They also have a performing arts college in Southern California offering an Associates Degree in Performance. The YA’s support summer camps in various locations throughout the United States and Canada.

For more information, or to see a video of a workshop visit their website at