The residents of Spring Creek Towers (SCT) were in for a real treat on Thursday, December 21st when musical virtuosos Ian and Eliott Finkel played along with the Spring Creek youth Symphony instructors for their Annual Holiday Concert at the Brooklyn Sports Club. This holiday concert was not the usual one because this included a dance performance and a fashion show with the children in the Spring Creek After School Program.
The mistress of ceremonies was Eileen Baptistin, who is a teaching artist with Teen Central and who introduced Eurydice Robinson, Spring Creek Towers youth Program Director who welcomed everyone to this fabulous event. Ms. Robinson explained briefly to the audience about some of the youth programs that Spring Creek Towers offers to residents.
The After School Program students performed some of the dance moves that they learned from Alex Roman of Creative Movement from LEAP (Learning Through Expanded Arts Program). next the Spring Creek Towers After School participants very excitedly started the fashion show. Just like on an actual runway, these students modeled pajamas, winter white fashions and formal fashions. not only did these children model the fashions but, they strutted their stuff as though they were professionals on the runway.
“Our annual holiday concert this past December was a blast. The Orchestra band instructors and special guest musicians were a wonderful treat for the holiday. We were wowed and overcome with excitement as the band played and put their own flavor on classic musical hits such as, Maria Maria by Carlos Santana and a few holiday classics like let It Snow, let It Snow, let It Snow. The band certainly got children, parents and friends dancing in and out of their seats,” said Eurydice Robinson, Director of youth Development & Community Outreach.
Hippolonia Matos, a resident of SCT, came to this great event to see her granddaughter perform in the fashion show and she really enjoyed the music from the orchestra.
“The children preformed wonder-fully showing us what they learned over the course of four months in our After School programs. I was so impressed with the photography, ceramics, fashion and movement they displayed that this will now be an added staple to our annual holiday event.,” said Robinson.
SCT resident, Holly Weiss really enjoyed this holiday event. She said that this is the first time that she has attended an event like this and would love to see it again next year. “I thought it would be nice to attend the concert and I initially thought it would be the children playing the music. I was pleasantly surprised to see the instructors playing. I think that this is great for the community and I had a smile on my face the whole time that I was there. Watching the children perform and the fashion show was so enjoyable to me,” said Weiss. Holiday Entertainment for Spring Creek Towers’ Residents Musical virtuosos Ian and Eliott Finkel performed with the Spring Creek Youth Symphony Instructors for the annual holiday concert. Sara Fortunado sang “ All I Want For Christmas.” This concert brought the holiday spirit to the Spring Creek Towers community. Students in the Spring Creek After School Program were excited and ready to strut their stuff in the Fashion Show.
“It was indeed a festive event seeing all these programs come together to present this holiday performance. I was elated at how our After School students performed with such enthusiasm and energy and with such a huge crowd. The Photo booth was an excellent addition to the evening and it allowed families to take pics to capture such a memorable night,” said Jeremy Williams, Spring Creek After School Program Director.
“We look forward to doing events like this for the community, so that the staff and participants get a chance to show off their best talents. And the event wouldn’t be complete without the gifts, every year we host a raffle for a small nominal fee and if your number is called its yours to take home but you must be present to win. So, in 2018 we look forward to having more people from the community show up and support our local talent,” said Robinson.
Along with the music, performance, and fashion show there were some exhibits for the audience to see. There was a table set up with the ceramics that the children had created and there was a photo booth for families to enjoy and have their pictures taken with their loved ones. There was also a raffle with some grand prizes and the TC Vision Media group had their work on display for everyone to see.
Photo credit: Pamela Stern