Three young women from Grassy Narrows have excelled. Maureen Hatherley says they were part of a program called Outside Looking In, and she talks about their performance at the Sony Stage in Toronto.

"They did amazingly well for a small group of three on the largest stage in Canada," said Hatherley.

Outside Looking In is a charity that works with Indigenous youth on year-long arts programs. They send a choreographer and program manager to visit the schools in the fall. Through the year, they teach hip-hop dance to the youth.

In order to stay in the program, the youth need good attendance, strong academics, good behaviour and they need to be able to learn the choreography. Rehearsals can be outside of the community.

Youth who follow through to spring have an opportunity to make the trip to Toronto in May. This year, Grassy Narrows was among six who participated.

The first was a matinee for students from kindergarten to post-secondary. The second was in the evening for the general public.

Annie Sneaky in Grade 8 joined high school students Corissa Swain and Hailey Loon.

"The three of them really took a risk coming into a very difficult, challenging program and they excelled. So, we're hoping to be back in Grassy next year, and I'm sure that they'll be leaders and there will be more youth involved next year," she added.

The young women were invited to dance, as well as talk about their community. The two secondary students were interviewed by YTV in the afternoon, then Ben Mulroney in the evening.

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