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Spectacular Kids: A Look at Some of the Performers in Our Annual Talent Show 

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Three brothers from Vergennes rocking out to Danish heavy metal. A 7-year-old with an old soul singing a tune from Anything Goes. A 10-year-old pianist channeling classical composer Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (son of Johann Sebastian). A Burlington hip-hop dancer bringing the energy to "Icon" by Jaden Smith (son of Will). What do these acts have in common? They're all part of Kids VT 's fifth annual "Spectacular Spectacular" talent show, hosted by Masters of Ceremony Enoch and Woodhead. It takes place on Saturday, December 8 at Higher Ground in South Burlington. Doors open at noon and the show starts at 12:30 p.m.

We couldn't fit all of the awesome acts on these pages, so instead, we're spotlighting six of the 20 soloists and groups taking the stage. Get tickets to see them perform at highergroundmusic.com. Maybe these dazzling performers will even inspire your kiddo to audition next year!

Riley LeFevre, 8, Williamstown

Singing and dancing to "9 to 5"by Dolly Parton

Reason for auditioning:
I love to be on stage and meet new friends.

Favorite performer:
Taylor Swift

Favorite place in Vermont:
Get Air!

Who inspires you:
My brother, Alex

Raquel Harris, 9, and Hazel Stoddard, 11 Starksboro

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Dancing to "Set Fire to the Rain" by Adele

Who inspires you:
Raquel: Patrick Swayze and his wife dancing
Hazel: Mia Hamm, Simone Biles

One word to describe you:
Raquel: Athletic
Hazel: Creative

One word to describe your act:
Raquel: Graceful
Hazel: Athletic

Favorite food:
Raquel: Pizza
Hazel: Asian

Annika Redmond, 12, Burlington

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Dancing to "Icon" by Jaden Smith

What inspires you:
Seeing others reach their goal.

How did you get your start:
I've been dancing since I was 3.

One word to describe you:

Favorite place in Vermont:
Jay Peak

Evan Benoit, 10, Montpelier

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Playing "Solfeggietto" by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach on piano

Who inspires you:

Favorite performer:
Joey Alexander

Why did you decide to audition:
I like to play in concerts.

One way to describe your act:

Abby Lewellen, 11, St. Albans; Karissa Lynch, 10, St. Albans; Allison Roy, 11, Milton

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Dancing to "Star Spangled Banner" by Boyce Avenue

Who inspires you:
Abby: My mom because she is a dance teacher.
Karissa: Mary Hondal
Allison: My parents

One word to describe you:
Abby: Unique
Karissa: Small
Allison: Energetic

One word to describe your act:
Abby and Allison: Patriotic
Karissa: Cool

Abby: Dance, soccer, saxophone, student council
Karissa: Dance, soccer
Allison: Dance, softball, skiing, gymnastics

Bjorn Peterson, 10, Burlington

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Playing fiddle to "Growling Old Man and Grumbling Old Woman," a Québécois folk song

Who inspires you:
Great musicians

Favorite performer:
Black Violin

One word to describe you:

Favorite food:
Anything with bacon or cheese

This article was originally published in Seven Days' monthly parenting magazine, Kids VT.

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About The Author

Alison Novak

Alison Novak

Alison is the former managing editor at Kids VT, Seven Days' parenting publication and writes about education for Seven Days.

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James Buck

James Buck

James Buck is a multimedia journalist for Seven Days.


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