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A Talent Show to Remember- National Integrative Wellness& Resource

On Saturday, May 12, 2018, National Integrative Wellness and Resource Center ( formerly Your Sunshine) hosted the Hidden Talents Shine Up 2018. The talent show was hosted so children, youth, and adults with special needs could show off their talents and prove to the world that anything is possible. The talent show started with a speech from the founder of National Integrative Wellness and Resource Center, Anastasia Martynova. Martynova started off by introducing the company and then introducing herself and her own personal struggles with special needs and being different. Martynova encouraged the audience to help each other develop their confidence through exploration of talent and strength, hence the talent show. The first act of the night was a beautiful gymnastics performance by Mary Chen. Chen had decided to perform tonight because of her strong desires to build up communities and empower women to pursue their dreams no matter the obstacle that stand in the way. Following Chen’s performance Gordan came to the stage to share his journey of becoming a man when faced with man medical challenges. Gordon shared his story with the audience and also shared the amazing news that he will be headed off to college to double major in history and geography. His story truly proved that anyone has what it takes to make a dream come true. After getting a little geography lesson form Gordon the audience were astounded to find a cat on the stage. Anastasia had astounded all of us in her cat costume that evening showing us how movement, dance, and gymnastics can be used in a creative form of self-expression. The next inspiring performer to come up to the stage was Jenna. Jenna is both blind and is autistic, however, she doesn’t stop her disabilities from pursuing her dream. Jenna graced us with her amazing voice in singing two pieces for us, one of them being “Ave Maria”. Jenna definitely showed us what she could do and she is a true gift to the rest of the world. After Jenna’s performance was over the audience was visited by a few Disney princesses. Ana (Frozen), Tiana (Princess and the Frog), and Belle (Beauty and the Beast) surprised the audience and there were nothing but smiles in the room. The children were overcome with joy at the sight of their favorite movie characters brought to life. One of the amazing performers from the show, Jacob, was the happiest of them all claiming Ana to be his ‘girlfriend’. Jacob was one of the last performers on the show and he left with a bang. Jacob played his Indian DHOL drums and electronic percussion to ‘Despacito’ and an Indian Bollywood favorite. After Jacob’s stellar performance on the drums, we heard another amazing jazz performance on the saxophone by Joshua. Joshua is a man who expresses himself through his music despite of his autism. He plays in the church and in a band called Music Workshop, which is a special needs band. He’s been playing the saxophone as well as the clarinet since he was eleven years old. He astounded the crowd with his skills on the saxophone and definitely impressed the princesses. The next performer coming to the stage was little Dima. Dima is very bright and a musically inclined pianist. He is very passionate about his music. Through his strength and determination, he was able to stay motivated and become very advanced in his skills. Dima played two wonderful pieces for us and proved just how talented and advanced his is on the piano. Lastly, we had Sarah Jacobs come up to the podium to give an inspirational speech to the audience. She moved the audiences’ hearts as she talked about her experience with a child who had special needs and how that experience changed her life. At the end of the show the adults and kids were allowed to get on the dance floor and play games with the princesses. It’s safe to say that this is a talent show that no one will ever forget.

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