By: David DiPino Contributing Writer
Brianna Holliday is junior in the eleventh grade at Atlantic Community High School with aspirations to one day going to college and becoming a successful graphic designer.
With hard work in school and the kindness of efforts by the Delray Beach nonprofit KOP Mentoring Network (Knights of Pythagoras Mentoring Network – KOPMN), Brianna has the mentoring foundation combined with chances to experience the arts thanks to the generosity of the program allowing her to visit the Kravis Center For The Performing Arts in West Palm Beach recently to see “Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heels” dance performance group.
According to fistandheelperformancegroup.org, Fist and Heel draws from the movement idioms of Blues, Slave and Gospel cultures to create works that both honor the past and break new ground.
“I thought Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heels was very different in the sense of the way it combined various forms of dancing,” Holliday said.
She said she really likes the Kravis Center For The Performing Arts because it has “style.” Holliday has aspirations to one-day work at Pixar or DreamWorks Disney Studios. Another one of her passions is photography which she is pursing in an International Baccalaureate (IB) Career-Related Certificate Programme at Atlantic Community High School.
“I really like photography. It’s an intriguing experience. I never used Photoshop before this year,” said Holliday.
As for her recent trip to the Kravis Center For The Performing Arts with KOPMN, it was free of charge thanks to sponsorship from The Kravis Center and the City of Delray Beach. Without the generosity, organizers said many of the students wouldn’t have gotten the chance to see New York’s “Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heels” and the Kravis Center.
“I really love being part of the program (KOPMN). We go on various trips. I have been to Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and around the country. Every trip is fantastic and educational,” she said.
In all 40 local students got a field trip experience they’ll never forget when they saw the live performance at the Kravis Center For The Performing Arts on a Friday in early May.
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