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Feb 18, 2010 - Not ready to say goodbye

Every few days so many goodbyes must be said. A new group of kids, a new town, a new family and a new experience is waiting for us. While its great to get to know kids and watch them grow and change, we get to know them and have a hard time saying goodbye. Holly and Isabella have been more than home stays to me this week they have been friends for me as well. We were able to stay with them for a week and what an incredible week it has been. They knew me well they fed me lots of chocolate, bought me chocolate at the movies, took me to the...

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Feb 17, 2010 - Natalie Phillips

My first tour was Germany, Holland, and Luxemburg fall of 2007. On this tour I became very close friends with my cast even though a lot of them had been in the group a lot longer than me. One of the people who helped me out and taught me the most was Natalie. She was a beautiful dancer with bright curly red hair. We worked together a lot and I knew that I could always turn to her for advice. This was her last tour, and she went back home to her family in Grantham, England. I didn’t know if I would ever get to see her again. However today...

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Feb 16, 2010 - Mr Klein

On the second day of this workshop our direction Mr. Klein had to head back to America. He is such a giving kind man who gave our cast so much love support and kindness. He was a Young American when he was younger and he met his wife in the group. They are now married and live in Tennessee. Their daughter Natalie is on our cast. It was really neat to have him here to experience everything with us. He has become a father to me and I know that he will always be a part of my life!

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Feb 15, 2010 - Grantham Part II

We found out a few days ago that our next two towns were being cancelled. So Simon and Ross have been working very hard to put together new workshops so that we can still be with kids. They were able to put together a workshop here again in Grantham because it is half term so all the kids have the week off. This gave some kids the chance to do it who didn’t before, and we even had a bunch of the kids do it again. Since it was a smaller group of kids we really got to know and work with them on a more one on one basis. It was really neat to...

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Feb 13, 2010 - Girls Day

Today was one of the best days! We had a day completely to ourselves with our home stays and with my home stays I was looking forward to any event as long as I was with them. We had a lie in this morning till about 11am and then we woke up to the smell of bacon cooking on the stove. We had pancakes with bacon and syrup a very “American Breakfast” that they would never have over here. After stuffing ourselves we sat in the living room and recuperated for a bit and then we headed into town. Their Internet had been down so we went into a...

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Feb 12, 2010 - My Talented Friends

The school that we are working at right now has a 6th form attached to it. This is an optional year of school after their requirements to further their knowledge of what they want to do before they pursue it or attend college for it. Over here college is not really common. Only about half of the kids will attend college however many more will do 6th form. This school was an arts school and they had a photography coarse. I got to know the teacher as he was walking around the workshop taking photos. On lunch he allowed a couple of my cast...

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Feb 12, 2010 - Cody and the Egg

Tonight during the show we had a ton of fun. The stage was small but we laughed so much!!! At the beginning of the show someone started passing around a hard-boiled egg. The first time I saw it Jenna had it in 42nd Street. However the real fun was at the end during Joy to the world. Cody came out to conduct and was holding the egg instead. It got passed around to Keith where he decided that he needed to smash it into Britney’s hand for roll bows and then we had stinky nasty egg all over the stage. Friendship is a great thing!

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Feb 10, 2010 - Sterry Family

On the first day we do a meet and greet for the kids to get to know us better where we sing and dance and the kids find out a little more about the Young Americans as well as us as individuals. We show them the first number and then they choose whichever Young American they want to teach them the first number! I had a group of ten girls come up to me that were about 12 years old. I taught them the dance and they giggled a lot! There was one really sweet girl named Isabella. She told me that she was having home stays and that she hoped that...

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Feb 10, 2010 - Grantham

Every town we go to has a different vibe when we get there sometimes its nervous, scared, care free, insecure, chatty, laid back, or as in this case excited! We walked in and the party began. I had such a great time at this workshop as so many of the kids were so happy energetic and open. This was incredible reminder of the joy that music can share and the love and inspiration we all share

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Jan 19, 2010 - Thomas Arthur Makemson

A few years ago Simon & Sally received a letter in the mail inviting them to California to learn about the Young Americans. They loved what they saw and brought us to the United Kingdom for the first time. They are the reason that I have been given the opportunity to come to England and Ireland right now. They have a huge commitment and dedicate a lot of time to the organization. Last week Sally’s father passed away. Tom was a golfer, a father, and a fan of the Young Americans. Today we had the honor of singing at his funeral. The family...

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