Posted in the Benbrook Forum
#1 Nov 28, 2010
13 year old Benbrook, Texas resident Dakota Hicks is heading to Orlando Florida in April 2011 as part of Disney's "The",(pronounced Tay) talent showcase, workshops and competition. There over a week’s time he will perform in the singing talent pool, receive professional instruction and meet talent managers, scouts and agents from around the nation. He could win $10,000 in his competitive showcase in addition to a possible future with one or more of the talent representatives in attendance. More information about the event may be viewed at http://the2011orlando.com
How did he get there? Dakota attended an open talent audition recently in Dallas. This event was hosted by Disney talent scouts from California. Dakota received a "call back" the next day. He was chosen out of numerous competitors to attend the Disney showcase in Florida. This is an invitation only affair for those selected nationwide.
Dakota attends Middle School, is an honors choir student and a member of the "Leader Kids" program.
Dakota says "I am so excited for this opportunity to be able to perform and get greater exposure". Dakota is the son of MSgt(ret) Curt and Sherry Hicks. They say "Dakota has always had a passion for singing and entertaining". "We don't know how many microphones and amplifiers we have gone through".
Dakota has been performing since he was very young. Besides school and church events he has performed at “Opry style” venues including "Johnnie High's Country Musical Revue" in Arlington Texas. The latter is where entertainer Leann Rimes got her career started.
Dakota's family has paid the almost $3,000 for his participation in the Disney event. His family is requesting sponsorship for him and his parents for travel, lodging, food and incidentals for approximately 11 days. An account with Chase bank has been set up for him through his parents. Please direct serious inquiries to [email protected] Dakota's performing arts future cannot take off without him being there.
His parents add “A profound thanks goes out to the many people who have helped him get this far”.
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