Lisa Duffy is a program assistant for the PbS Learning Institute. She holds a B.A. in Women’s Studies and a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing from the University of Massachusetts Boston. She has extensive experience in writing, editing, and content creation for private, healthcare, and non-profit organizations. A published novelist with three book club favorites from Simon & Schuster, Lisa’s writing can be found in numerous literary journals, print, and online publications.
Impressive Moves and Strong Voices Join Together in Philly
This 2022 PbS Kids Got Talent Contest Finalist Spotlight features an original song titled “Where I’m from,” written and performed by a talented group from the Philadelphia Juvenile Justice Services Center.
The foursome, dressed in black and donning identical masks, open the performance with choreographed moves, spreading to a box formation before one artist raps into the microphone, sharing her story.
The song unfolds with each member taking a turn at the microphone, giving the audience a glimpse into both the breadth of talent on stage and the creative, artistic way they come together as a group, which didn’t go unnoticed by the Selection Committee. “Love the sisterhood represented throughout your piece,” remarked one Committee member. “You all articulated so well!”
The performance rises to another level when the track changes, and the group breaks out in impressive, choreographed moves to Beyonce’s hit song, Formation. “The group dance at the end was the bomb!!” raved a Selection Committee member, using an extra exclamation point to emphasize the praise.
Congratulations to this fabulous group, and we thank them for sharing their talent.
Watch the performance here.
The annual PbS Kids Got Talent Contest invites all young people in PbS facilities and programs across the country to submit their talents for a chance to show off their skills. This year, Performance-based Standards (PbS) received 55 entries from 63 young people in 8 states and 22 different facilities. After careful consideration, 12 finalist performances were selected and shared with the Kids Got Talent Selection Committee.
Each of the 12 performances will be featured in the 2022 PbS Kids Got Talent Contest Finalist Spotlight blog over the coming weeks as our committee determines a solo winner and a group winner. The winners will be selected based on creativity, stage presence and talent. The winning soloist will perform live at the PbS Awards Night in August.