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Up with People In Billings

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Up with People is an international group made up of 100 students from all over the world. The goal is to communicate through song and dance and make a difference in the communities they visit around the world. This Labor Day, they visit Billings for the first time in 20 years.

"What we do is travel the world, travel to a new city every week. We perform in those cities, we do community service in those cities and we stay with host families," said Erin Shippee, an Up with People student from Richmond, Virginia.

"It's just amazing to me that you can bring people from so many different backgrounds and create this amazing show and tour it around the world," said Juliana Franco, also an Up with People student from Bermuda.

The goal is to inspire the world to come together through performance and make an impact in every city they visit with community service.

"We go into communities and our goal is to impact the community in some way shape or form," said Shippee.

Through song and dance, these students speak up for those who can't speak for themselves.

"You have some people that don't believe in speaking for themselves or cannot fight for themselves," said Franco. "That's just important to me that they're able to be spoken for."

One of the biggest messages is anti-bullying.

"We believe that by educating people we can more or less prevent it or just make people aware of how much it hurts," said Jolien Roelandt, Promotions Representative for Up with People.

This is the first year in nearly 20 years Up with people made a stop in the Magic City.

"Most people haven't heard of us who are here, so I think it's really cool to kind of bring our name back and make people more aware of the program and look into it a lot more. And make a positive change hopefully in the community," said Shippee.

The Up with People performance is a unique and enjoyable experience for the whole family. The performances are Friday, September 6th and Saturday, September 7th beginning at 7:30 PM. Both are at Alberta Bair Theater. Ticket prices are $50 for patrons, $20 for adults, and $15 for students, seniors, and children.

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