Turnaround arts

Family, friends, and educators gathered at the Prairie Knights Casino to watch the Turnaround Arts show live.

11 students from standing rock's elementary and middle schools traveled to Washington D.C., Those that couldn't go with them are here.

"I'm going over there to see them no matter what. Cause this is an opportunity, I don't get to go, so this is the next best thing, and there are a lot of people who are just as excited as I am to see them, and it's going to be fun," said Loretta Bad Heart Bull, School Board Member.

The youth performed a song and dance that they have been rehearsing for months.

"After he told me he won in a talent contest and said that they were going to D.C. I was just counting down the days, there was just so much excitement, and I'm still nervous right now for him," said Memoree Lecompte, Parent.

it's all part of a national program called turnaround arts. Which helps schools incorporate more of the arts into their programs, with the help of celebrity artists like Taboo of the black eyed peas.

"We're kind of celebrating our students at the elementary, middle school of standing rock. We're celebrating their talent," said Kolette Medicine, 5th grade teacher.

Yo Yo Ma, and Dave Mathews are other celebrities helping with the program.

You can watch the recording of the show on the Kennedy Center's youtube channel: youtube.com/thekennedycenter