“Learning how to play
music is so important because it allows the children to express
themselves,” said Pastor Molina, during the Wednesday event.
“Music is a part of them; it comes from their soul.”
The young dance group,
which included Vanessa Hernández, 10, Aiyana Eason-Gabbard,
8 and Eileen Silva, also displayed a lot of soul as they
performed to Shakira’s Suerte.
The youngsters performed
several energetic numbers before making way for the older
students, who performed more intricate dance steps.
“I’m very proud of all the
dancers, especially the teenagers,” said Ilse Rodríguez,
who, along with AliciaKae Hansberger-Goodman, served as
the dance instructors. “It took a little longer to teach the
older students; we had to do a lot of loosening up exercises.”
13, of Millbury, Ohio and Valente Villegas, 14, of
Toledo, tried to ease their nerves by getting in a little more
guitar practice before the program began. Carmona and Villegas
were among several students who later performed an instrumental
version of House of the Rising Sun, “by some group called
The Animals,” Carmona said.
“It’s been easy learning
the guitar because I already knew how to play the saxophone,”
said Carmona, who explained that she was more nervous about
performing in front of a large audience, which consisted of
students’ family and friends. “It’s really been fun meeting new
Church and Sofia Quintero
officials said they hope to offer a similar arts program this