The Gifford Youth Achievement Center’s Saturday Night Fever Dance Party was held January 22 and had guests movin’ and groovin’ (in silence) all night! After a two-year pandemic-induced hiatus, GYAC’s unique silent disco made a smashing comeback. DJ’s Joe and Shari Tessier of Swingstation spun the grooviest hits of the 70s, 80s and 90s, while attendees feverishly switched back and forth between channels to catch the hottest tune on the dance floor. The event was presented by the Bernard Egan Foundation and Paul and Nancy Knapp.
What is a silent disco? Rather than pumping music through a traditional speaker system, DJs broadcast music using a radio transmitter and guests tune in to one of three channels while wearing specially designed wireless headphones. The best part – those not wearing headphones hear no music, giving the effect of a room full of people dancing in silence.
But it was GYAC’s students who stole the show. Their choreographed number to Earth, Wind and Fire’s “September” was a showstopper, while Power Entertainment Production’s dancers dazzled the crowd with their over-the-top 70s dance moves. Afterwards, eighth grader and budding journalist Tyjah Warner delivered a perfectly poised speech about the positive impact GYAC has had on her life since moving to Indian River County. “GYAC helps students strive for academic excellence, respect and community involvement. They help students find their talents and excel at them,” said Tyjah who plans to become an author.
The 70’s disco-themed event, complete with big hair, bell bottoms and all-around good vibes benefitted GYAC, ensuring its year-round educational programs remain a staple in the community for the more than 300 children GYAC serves throughout the year.
For information about GYAC’s educational after school program, summer camp or adult and senior activities, call 772-794-1005 or visit www.gyac.net
Gifford Youth Achievement Center, a 501(c)(3), opened its doors in 1998 with the sole purpose of enhancing the academic performance of children in Indian River County, FL. In addition to year-round educational programs and activities for youth, GYAC provides activities for adults and seniors citizens, such as exercise classes, as well as a twice monthly mobile food pantry for residents. The Center also hosts job fairs, health clinics, community gatherings and serves as an information hub for those in need of services.