The show was held on August 16 in the gym, where eager family members and friends, who sat clutching programs in their hands as they waited for the show to begin, filled the bleachers.
The opening act was a group dance to the popular song “Let’s Go” by Calvin Harris. The Unity Dancers, took the gym floor, sashaying and performing a routine that had parents in the crowd dancing along.
Other performances included a cappella covers of the songs “Catch My Breath,” “Someone Like You,” and “Call Me Maybe.” A variety of both solo and group dances were also in the mix.
The all-female cast of the talent show was under the tutelage of Nayomi Spencer, summer camp performing arts director, who choreographed and directed each act. Spencer has been directing and hosting the talent show since she started working for the club four years ago.
“The parents love to see their child’s name in the program, and a picture of them in the back,” Spencer said. “It’s really special for them.”
The show was more than just a farewell for the summer campers; it was also the last day for the Summer Youth Employment Program staffers. The finale including them joining in with the campers and dancing the cha-cha slide and the cupid shuffle.
“Seeing everyone together and seeing them dancing as a group, it was definitely the best part for me,” spencer said.
Terence Hughes, the executive director of the Variety Boys and Girls Club, praised Spencer for her work with the children.
“Performing arts, such as acting, singing, dancing, kids do a lot of that,” he said. “Miss Nayomi grew up coming here as a kid, so she keeps that tradition going.”