The U.S. Embassy in Cairo has sponsored a new cultural exchange program entitled: YES Academies, which aims to provide advanced music training for young Egyptians at Dokki, Giza.
According to the US Embassy, the Yes Academies program is designed to connect and inspire youth in areas of the world that lack opportunities for cultural exchange and dialogue with the United States.
It also offers high-quality professional training and performances in some of America’s great cultural genres, including Broadway, Jazz, Hip Hop, and Breakdance and Classical Orchestra to work to inspire and motivate youth artistically and train future teachers and leaders.
“Through the YES Academy program, many talented Arab and outstanding Egyptian youths can gain more artistic skills, training, and opportunities,” Yes Academies instructors told Sada El-bald English (SEE).
Asked what does it take to be a professional musician, Hans Pierre, a dance dynamo from Los Angeles’ inexhaustible Hip Hop scene, suggested that music students need to be more patient, saying: “Really, if you want to be a qualified musician, it takes a lot of the patience with yourself and of course, you should work for many hours and hours as well.”
It also takes the ability, and desire, willingness to do what you exactly want. Additionally, they should be comfortable, especially when they have things to express, according to Kate Bass, who is an award-winning Broadway performer and also served as Musical Theater Director for Pepperdine University’s LA-based Musical Theater Program and taught and mentored rising stars around the US.
“We have a lot in common,” she said beaming.
Also in this regard, Pierre said: “I think that is a very important argument, in some of my classes, I push my students to feel comfortable, and a huge part of being an artist, musician or dancer is to be always more invulnerable to stress.”
He continued: “Musicians should love their art in their own way and some approaches could not be the same for a musician as for another.”
It’s worth mentioning that the Broadway program at YES Egypt will consist of training in singing, acting and dance through the study and performance of ensemble, small group, and solo performances from contemporary and classical musicals such as Rent, Hamilton, West Side Story and Wicked.