ROCKINGHAM — Raven Newton has talent, and with her determination and a little luck, she may soon be on the Disney Channel.
A youth fashion show fundraiser is planned for 5 p.m. on Aug. 9 at the Leak Street Education Cultural Center to help support Newton as she auditions for Premiere Talent at Disney World later this year. Premiere Talent is an industry that showcases young singers, dancers, models and actors for Disney.
“With the support of my mommy (Faith Legrand-Steed), family and friends, I have been successful in reaching for my dreams,” said Newton. “It has taken a lot of commitment and dedication to get where I am. Although I have been given tremendous support from my family and friends, I am asking for the sponsorship of my community.”
The 11-year-old is a singer, dancer, model and actor. She danced at Step To It Dance Studio in Rockingham under choreographer Rene Ward. While attending the studio, she participated in ballet, hip-hop, jazz and lyrical dancing. Newton is also involved in the mime and dance team and church choir at Prayer and Faith Temple Church of God in Christ in Hamlet. The church, where her grandfather Tommy R. Legrand is the superintendent, is where Newton honed her best talent, her voice.
Since age 5, she has performed at the Diversity Banquet at Cole Auditorium, the National Day of Prayer at the Richmond County Judicial Center, the Dr. Martin Luther King Celebration at Leak Street Education Cultural Center and performed the national anthem at Rockingham Dragway and Smith High School in Greensboro.
Newton previously auditioned for the Disney Channel in September 2013 in a Wilmington talent search and again for Disney at Premiere Talent auditions in May earlier this year. Her abilities also garnered her first runner-up in talent at the National American Miss Pageant for 2014.
Perhaps Newton’s biggest accomplishment so far has been the full scholarship she’s already received to Bennett College in Greensboro last November after school president Rosalind Fuse-Hall heard her sing at a banquet for educators.
For more information on Premiere Talents, visit www.premiereevent.com.
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