Inspired by the Portland Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls, local musician Amelia V.B. Shull (an Independent contributor) started the NC Rocks Camp for Girls in Carrboro because, as she says, "This community needs it. There are so many creative artists in the area that can be local mentors for young girls. They can look to their own community for role models for who they could be, instead of looking to the media for whom they should emulate.
"We try to encourage them to be confident for who they are and what they are, and to build friendship, trust and relationships with the other girls.
"As for the music, we don't tell them how to sound. As little girls, they are rarely encouraged [by pop music] to sing about anything more important than boys. Once they start playing, they discover all kinds of things they want to write and sing about."
Hannah Hodge, 11, of Hillsborough, says: "I've taken piano lessons, but I've never been able to play this kind of music. I have to play classical. I want to start a band, so I thought it would help me find people for my band, and that it would be really cool."
Rachel Falek, 11, of Chapel Hill, says: "We make up a beat that works for the whole group. Once we get into it, it's easy. Now I know how to put a song together. One day I might start a band."
- Grace Gelpi prepares her sax for rehearsal.
- Grace Brehler belts one out in rehearsal, under the watchful eye of teacher Anne Cousineau.
- Alexis Stone checks her look, minutes before showtime.
- Professional hair and makeup stylist Marit Nelson from Syd's Hair Shop gets Esme Merritt-Dorosin ready for the show.
- Black Magik: (front, left to right) Carly Pittman, Alexis Stone, Marika O'Hara; (back) Nora Dicker, Emma Giusto, Francis Beroset
- The band Black Magik rocks the packed house at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro: (left to right) Frances Beroset, Emma Giusto, Marika O'Hara, Carly Pittman and Alexis Stone. (Hidden is Nora Dicker on drums.)