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First group of Kishwaukee Kiwanis talent show performers announced

DeKALB – The second annual Kishwaukee Kiwanis Club talent show promises to bring a wide variety of performances, from singing and dancing acts to a man who is quite skilled with a childhood toy.

Enharmonic Fusion, DeKalb High School’s award-winning a cappella group, will be one of a number of singing acts in this year’s show, April 7 at the Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St. Tickets will be available at the Egyptian, with proceeds going toward Opportunity House in Sycamore.

In 2010, the year the group was formed, it advanced to the International Championship of High School A Cappella National Finals. It repeated the feat in 2012, 2015 and 2016. In 2017, the group was the Midwest Semifinal champion and placed second overall in the HCHSA finals.

Other performing vocalists will include Mara Jane Sumila and hip-hop artist George Jung, also known as “The Alimoe.”

Sumila grew up in the Philippines and started competing in poetry recitals and speech competitions at the age of 5. However, after her parents set up a karaoke machine at home, she realized she could sing and started competing in singing competitions at the age of 8.

Born and raised in DeKalb, The Alimoe performs a lot of shows and produces music out of Chicago and is signed to No Condie Records.

“Music saved my life plus many others,” Jung said. “I continue to chase my dreams and influence others to never give up on whatever makes them happy.”

But performances won’t just be by singers. DeKalb Dance Dimensions will perform a piece titled “Michael Jackson Through the Decades.”

Originally located at 645 E. Lincoln Highway, DeKalb Dance Dimensions will relocate to downtown DeKalb this summer. Classes are offered for ages 3 and older in a variety of styles, including ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary and ballroom dancing.

Owner and Director Miranda Cordes said it’s not only about teaching proper dance technique, but about building kind and confident individuals.

Variety acts during the talent show will include a trick yo-yo act from Drew Mrowiec-Barnhart, who attempted a career in magic, but eventually changed course to the yo-yo.

More talent show acts are expected to be announced in the coming months.

For information, visit or call DeKalb City Manager and committee co-chairwoman Anne Marie Gaura at 815-762-5821.

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