Girl Band members took a hiatus as we raised funds and looked for a new meeting space. In addition, two Girl Band members moved and left the island! Sisterhood Agenda is incorporating new activities such as dances, songs, costumes, and a routine for St. John Carnival in July. Several members of the community have been assisting byidentifying talent for Girl Band.
Sisterhood Agenda is setting up a new Global Training Academy, which will also be a great meeting space for Girl Band to practice and rock out! There will be African drums, gourd instruments, tambourines, maracas, mirrors, microphones, and a sound system.
Sisterhood Agenda will post new Girl Band videos-COMING SOON!
Sisterhood Agenda programs in St. John went extremely well for 2012! In fact, the girls want more time to meet regularly and also want to participate in artistic expression activities.
St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands is a small island with approximately 5,000 residents. Because the Sisterhood Mentoring Program and Girl Band members are not large groups and Girl Band members also need sisterhood mentoring activities, Sisterhood Agenda plans to combine them to maximize effectiveness and interest.
Future program sessions will consist of 3-hour sessions; 1.5 hours of sisterhood mentoring, followed by 1.5 hours of performance training and practice. Currently, Sisterhood Agenda is in the process of securing meeting space and funds for books, planned activities and field trips.
Sisterhood Agenda will host the New Year's Eve Youth Extravaganza on December 31, 2012, a unique dance party to open the new year in a safe and fun way while also registering youth for programs in 2013. Sisterhood Agenda would like to thanks its Corporate and Community Partners for making this event possible:
Corporate Partners: The Westin, Boyson Transportation, Scotiabank, Grande Bay, St. John Insurance Company, St. John Hardware, The Marketplace, Drift Away Spa, St. John Dental.
Community Partners: VI Police Department, VI National Park, VI Department of Sports, Parks & Recreation, and St. John Community Foundation.
Girl Band members completed street performances in Franklin Powell Park in preparation for their next phase of development. Public presentation and overcoming stage anxiety were highlighted during the last two sessions. Unfortunately, one of the Girl Band members, Alahna, moved away. Girl Band will hold auditions during the summer to add 2 new members to the group.
This week, Girl Band members will gather in Cruz Bay, St. John, to discuss next steps. They will receive their Girl Band posters and Sisterhood Agenda t-shirts.
Due to a generous local sponsor, the girls have resources to receive vocal coaching, professional choreography, and instrumentation instruction. This summer, they will seek resources to assist them in these development tasks. They will also engage in future fundraisers to raise funds and raise public awareness about their group.
Girl Band is looking forward to future bookings in the Virgin Islands.
The Virgin Island's #1 Girl Band, Island Girl Swagg, was listed on the roster of highly celebrated performers to entertain the crowd gathered for St. John's annual Relay for Life fundraiser on Saturday, February 2, 2012.
The band was excited and well-received by the local crowd, who gathered specifically to see them perform. The performance was the culmination of several months of training including: vocals, dance, and stage presence. In addition to three band performances, each member of girl band performed individually.
Island Girl Swagg members are: Lioness Bruce, Ayana Coleman-Dixon, Alahna Lopez, and Emeline Reynoso.
Girl Band members will work on new skills such as dance, vocal coaching, and instrumentation, along with a new playlist of songs to perform. Sisterhood Agenda's Girl Band webisodes, currently being edited, will be launched next month. Girl Band webisodes teach life lessons as they document the inception of Girl Band, band members, and their development up to the present.
St John, VI— What girls don’t like to sing and dance at home in front of the mirror? Sisterhood Agenda's Girl Band program is a 10-week project partnering with the St. John School of the Arts to teach sisterhood and the arts in a video reality series-style production. Girls learn sisterhood, positive self-expression, vocal coaching and dance.
On Saturday, December 17, 2011, Island Girl Swagg held their premier concert at the St. John School of the Arts. St. John School of the Arts Acting Director Kim Wild states, “Watching the girl’s perform made it clear to me that a program like this that allows young girls to ‘let go’ and have fun, is a program worth continuing. The program is such that it can develop in so many ways.” Musical Director, Eddie Bruce, called the event “a resounding success. I think it was great.”
The group performed three dancing and singing routines together as a group (“Baby,” “Whip My Hair,” and “Walking on Sunshine”) and each girl had a chance to shine with seven individual performances. With the fun atmosphere of a never-ending dance party, the girls excited the crowd of parents, peers, family and supporters while showing off their talents. “There isn’t just one star in our group—we’re all stars,” states Lioness Bruce, member of Island Girl Swagg.
Angela Coleman, Sisterhood Agenda President and Girl Band instructor explains, “I am really proud of what the girls were able to do in a short amount of time. They have so much positive energy and they were very supportive of each other.”
Proper musical selection, appropriate dances, and critical thinking about pop culture are all integrated into the program. But of course, they had to have fun. “Girl Band is so much fun! We get to sing and dance. We go to concerts and stuff. It’s just fun,” says Emeline Reynoso.
Girl Band, part of Sisterhood Agenda’s Positive Media Project, will be online at www.sisterhoodagenda.com. By learning positive self-expression, teamwork, and how to develop their artistic talents, Sisterhood Agenda is giving girls a renewed sense of self and exposure to positive experiences.
Excited about the future, Island Girl Swagg is available to perform at parties and special events. St. John School of the Arts and Sisterhood Agenda are currently fundraising for its next session of Girl Band. Donors can make contributions to girl band at http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/girl-band or call St. John School of the Arts at 779-4322.
There are seven Girl Band members, narrowed down from a group of fourteen. The next Girl Band performance is at the St. John Relay for Life event on February 11, 2012.
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