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The Big Day
By Amari Snyder / Sunday, July 16th, 2006 / Lincoln Center

I almost got lost looking for the ticket line and nearly panicked (being fourteen and alone at Lincoln Center is kind of scary). I waited for awhile in the sun to get my ticket, but who cares? People worked hard for this event and neither the sun nor any other obstacle was going to ruin my enjoyment of the performance.

The band was cool and the sound pure. In fact, the music in all of the performances was like magic - from the Young Women's Division (YWD) dance to the Asian performance to the hip-hop groups. It made me feel like I was part of the show, even though it was on stage and I was in the audience.

It was one of the greatest things I had ever seen. I mean, wow! How can anyone accomplish that level of greatness within the short time that the performers had to practice? These guys were like professionals (but only a handful of them were).

When I was watching it, I felt like I was reborn. I had never felt so alive. It brought out all my emotions in a way that hadn't been done for a long time. I didn't think it would be possible, but during the performance, I cried.

After the show, Dominique from New Jersey said that the Asian dancers from her home state were her favorite. Ten-year-old Connor Roberts traveled more than four hours from Hudson, Massachusetts to New York for the show. He said that even though his bus ride was definitely not fun, the festival was great.

On the other hand, Divya from NY South Region got into a cab and five minutes later, arrived at Avery Fisher Hall, ready to celebrate the SGI spirit. She was surprised no one was grumpy on the ticket line; instead, she sensed positive, confident vibes.

De Shaun from New Jersey said, "It was fantastic! It just lifted my spirits. Even the wait was worth it." His sister was in the band, playing her heart out on the guitar, so for him, listening to the band was an experience to remember. Fellow New Jerseyite and guest, Greg Needham, also found the band to be his favorite part of the show, because it had "a funky jazz element."

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