MUSE/IQUE Visits Hathaway-Sycamores

Posted by on Oct 28, 2019 in News | 0 comments

Earlier this month youth at our El Nido residential campus were treated to a visit by MUSE/IQUE. Founded by Artistic Director Rachael Worby, MUSE/IQUE creates new musical experiences with both live music events and outreach programs, all aimed at inspiring the creative spirit, engaging the imagination, and fostering new generations of music lovers. As part of their community outreach program the group visits Hathaway-Sycamores eight times a year, each time focusing on an upcoming performance featuring different themes and artists.

MUSE/IQUE at Hathaway-Sycamores

Left to right: LaNesha Latimer, Heather Bell, and Keith “HappyFeet” Prater

Keith “HappyFeet” Prater and LaNesha Latimer joined MUSE/IQUE’s Director of Education Heather Bell for the most recent visit. Keith and LaNesha were preparing for a show titled Step/Lively, filled with music all about shoes – like These Boots Were Made for Walkin’ and Blue Suede Shoes. Heather and the performers engaged the youth with an informal presentation/performance and interactive discussion with the youth about shoes, music, dance, the show, their backgrounds, and careers.

MUSE/IQUE at Hathaway-Sycamores

LaNesha, who sings background vocals for Stevie Wonder and Jennifer Lopez, sang while Keith “HappyFeet” demonstrated how he earned his nickname with his tap dancing performance. The boys enjoyed the very special “living room” concert.

MUSE/IQUE at Hathaway-Sycamores

One boy in the audience asked, “How hard is tap dancing?” Keith answered, “It’s very hard. The steps are kind of easy until you speed it up.” He then broke down some of the steps and said there are tutorials online if any of the boys are interested in learning how to tap dance – and added, “You don’t need tap shoes to start out.”

MUSE/IQUE at Hathaway-Sycamores

The boys were inspired by the visit, and some shared their own musical interests. When asked about earning money from performing, LaNesha answered, “We are professionals, so we do get paid to perform, but not everything we do is for money. It’s for the love of it – and because we love it, we practice and get better.” LaNesha and Keith have been practicing and getting better for a long time, both began pursuing their passions at the young age of five years old.

The boys are looking forward to another visit from MUSE/IQUE next month before the group’s Sunday, November 17, 2019 GRACE/LANDING show all about Elvis Presley’s gospel roots. Click on the links for more information about GRACE/LANDING and MUSE/IQUE.

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