Rising Teen Stars Perform at Philadelphia’s Summer Jam


Reality Dance’s Summer Jam concertmade a stop in Philadelphia last weekend, bringing along today’s hottest up-and-coming artists. IM5 Band, Nick Mara, Maddi Jane, Frank Palangi, Tracey DeLara, and Girl Squad were among the young stars that performed at the Theater of Living Arts on July 28th.

Summer Jam is a concert series hosted by Reality FameTV and Reality Dance (realitydance.net), an organization that produces and airs two TV shows. Their mission is to promote ant-bullying, with their motto being, “We don’t bully. We just dance.” Caroline Bollentino, one of the teen hosts for Reality Dance, called the company “a family”. She said “[…] we interview a lot of celebrities too [on the show], so we can get the message to them and get them on board with us and supporting our show and anti-bullying.”

Throughout the day, Summer Jam offered a wide range of activities where fans could interact with their favorite star. The schedule included dance battles, live performances, red carpet, meet-and-greets, and dance workshops. In addition, Reality Dance stated that the event would be televised on the National Dish Network Content Chunk.

IM5, a rising boy band consisting of five members ages 14-17, had fan-girls lined up outside hours before the show started. They are currently working on their debut album while touring the country and headlining at events like Summer Jam. During an interview before IM5’s Summer Jam performance, 17-year-old Will Jay said, “Hopefully we can get some music out very, very soon!”. Watch the full interview:

15-year-old Nick Mara, celebrity dancer, was also a headliner at Summer Jam. Mara has danced with Disney’s Shake It Up, NBC’s Saturday Night Live, Mario Lopez’s Extra, MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew (ABDC), among other impressive credits. He is beginning to expand his career beyond dancing to become “a triple threat, like an actor, dancer, and singer”. Mara says Chris Brown inspired him to pursue his newest endeavors. “He started out dancing, like I am […],” says Nick. See his full interview:

Frank Palangi, an opening act at Summer Jam, is an emerging artist who performed all original songs from his new EP. His music has been described as “rock and adult contemporary”. Palangi’s EP, “I Am Ready” was released on June 11, and can be purchased now through iTunes, Best Buy, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble. Frank’s interview can be viewed below:

Adrianna from New Jersey enjoyed the concert and said, “We met a lot of people, and saw amazing performances.” Her best friend Kailee chimed in, “Today was a lot of fun!”This event will be televised on National Dish Network Content Chunk.

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TEEN REPORTER | Katelyn Darrow is a 16-year-old aspiring journalist from a small town in New Jersey. She blogs for various websites, and considers writing to be one of her passions. When she’s not typing away on her laptop, Katelyn can be found broadcasting and reporting on the airwaves! She is a co-host and field reporter on a weekly teen radio show that airs on the Voice America Kids network. In addition to writing and broadcast, Katelyn is very passionate about helping others!

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