Shining Starz Dance Troupe’s 6th Annual Showcase

(in the photo above: Khadijah Ali-Coleman, Pat Jackson and Sheena Lindsey)

I was pleased to host for the second year in a row the Shining Starz Dance Troupe Summer Showcase on Saturday, June 21, 2008. The Shining Starz Dance Troupe is a dance school founded and facilitated by Ms. Pat Jackson, a resident of the DC metro area. Ms. Jackson has been teaching dance since the early 1990’s and holds her Saturday classes in the audiotorium of Covenant House Washington located on Mississippi Ave, SE.

The youth who participate in her dance troupe range in age from 3 years old to 30+. It was a pleasure seeing young people dance to such “old school” hits as “Ain’t No Stopping Us Now”, “Going to the Chapel” and the “Love You Save” while getting their work-out on on some hits such as Chris Brown’s “Wall to Wall”, Missy Elliot’s “Shake Your Pom Pom” and a couple of hits from the Cheetah Girls. One memorable moment was when some moms from the audience got up on stage in between acts to do a dance off to Flo Rida’s “Low”. Funnny!

Congratulations to Cheyenne Smith and Shante Ferguson for being recognized for perfect attendance. Amari Bryan-Chavis earned a Tremendous Improvement award at the event as well.

The Shining Starz Dance Troupe is:

Najah Adona
Yemane Allen
Dernee Baucum
Jazzi Brown
Jordan Brown
Kaylin Brown
Amari Bryan-Chavis
Sanari Bryan-Chavis
Ashley Chapman
Jahneilah Clay
La Shea Coffee
LaShante Ferguson
Kendra Green
Tahjae Jackson
Joenesha Johnson
Amaria Jones
Tasia Kirksey
Niru Lawrence
Jamonie Lindsey
Sheena Lindsey
Marzhane Mabry
Mischay Mabry
Londyn Martin
Breon Reid
Starlyn Ross
Tylayah Ross
Cheyenne Smith
India Suggs
Renice Sutton
Jada Swanson
Kamille Swygert
Mackenzie Tate
Ramia Wilson
Shanika Wilson-Ross

SOYA Founder is Panelist on BAP Living Radio on Sunday, July 6, 2008

BAP Living Radio, a monthly Internet radio show that airs on, on Sunday, July 6 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm will feature So Our Youth Aspire (SOYA), LLC founder Khadijah Ali-Coleman.

The theme is “Exploring the Best of Black Womanhood in Indie Music, Books, and Internet Media” (web sites, social networking sites, blogs, podcasts, radio and television shows, and YouTube videos). Khadijah Ali-Coleman, in addition to founding SOYA, serves as co-founder of Liberated Muse Productions is Operations and Promotions manager for the annual Capital Hip Hop Soul Fest ( which takes place in Washington DC. She is also is the creator and publisher of the on-line site, a social network for writers and visual and performing artists. Read more HERE