Movement City Singers

Despite the chilly night last Friday, students gathered around the patio of The Den to listen to the visiting a cappella singers from Movement City, a youth organization based in Lawrence, Massachusetts. The small group of six girls captivated the audience with their strong voices, serenading students as they left Commons and performing for those who formed a cozy circle around them. The girls, in their late teens, were confident performers. They proudly sang the lyrics of “Video” by India Arie: “I’m not the average girl from your video, and I ain’t build like a supermodel, but I learned to love myself unconditionally because I am a queen.” The crowd was also delighted with the final song selection: “So High” by John Legend. The audience was left wanting more, however, so the group performed an encore of “You Melt My Heart to Stone” by Adele. Jasmine Stovall ’10 said, “I really liked [Movement City] because we got to see talent outside of the school.” Mari Walsh ’11 said, “They were really lively with the crowd,” while Casey McQuillen ’11 added that the group was “really good and well rehearsed.” Lawrence Community Works runs the Movement City program, which helps children and teens explore different areas of the arts, including dance, music, fashion and graphic design. The organization aims to promote leadership and teach students how to help their own community. According to Kao Kiblah, a music teacher and performing arts major, Movement City’s work is “all about the youth. We want many people to come and express themselves because so many people can help not just themselves but others.” She said that the Movement City a cappella group rehearses three times a week and serves as a big family for its members. The group was invited to perform by the Andover Philanthropist Society, which has chosen Movement City as the organization that APS will sponsor with their annual Swim-a-thon. Since Movement City is a local organization, APS hopes to be able to host more performances, perhaps even one starring the Movement City dance crew. “The [a cappella] performance was really amazing. The [singers] were clearly extraordinarily talented and passionate. Even though some are currently pre-meds, I think they could have a future in the music industry,” said Alessandra Powell ’11, the president of APS. “The success of the Lawrence Community Works organization amazes me. It’s very inspiring.” Don’t miss the Swim-a-thon this Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. All proceeds will go directly to Movement City.