VIDEO: Earth Angels Bring Classic Rock Routine to Downtown Farmington
Dancers get the crowd involved during Wednesday's Family Fun in Riley Park.
Downtown Farmington went back to the 1950s Wednesday night, as Earth Angels brought their high energy performance to Family Fun in Riley Park, a free summer entertainment series.
The young dancers, who come from all around the metro area, performed classics from Elvis and the Everly Brothers to Little Richard and the Big Bopper. Winds whipping around the Walter E. Sundquist Farmington Pavilion wreaked havoc with the group's makeshift dressing room, but no one on stage missed a beat.
Michelle Scott, a senior at Farmington High, got involved with the group after a friend's mother took her to Earth Angels shows.
"After that, I just tried to get as many connections to get into the group as I could," she said.
Harrison High senior Polly Friday said she fell in love with the group after seeing a performance at Beechview Elementary. She said she and her mother searched for the group for years before finding a connection and getting an audition.
Both girls were 10 years old when they joined the group; neither is looking forward to aging out when they graduate from high school.
"There's nothing like Earth Angels," Friday said. "It's a family of friends."
Founder Lisa Campos-DeWitt, of Canton, was 15 when she started Earth Angels with friends performing in a backyard. Now, the group performs throughout the summer at festivals and signature events like the Woodward Dream Cruise.
Friday and Scott said they enjoy the interaction with people of all ages and showing them what the 1950s was all about. Donning costumes from that era, Earth Angels lip synch through their routines and often pull audience members up for an impromptu dance.
"It really makes people's day. It just brings a smile on their face, and that's all we ever want when we put on shows," Scott said.
Family Fun in Riley Park is sponsored by Friends of the Farmington Community Library and the Farmington Downtown Development Authority (DDA). The next show, Kevin Kammeraad: Can You Think It, Can You Dream It?, is Aug. 8.