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Hamburg hosts release party for new coloring book that inspires people to chase their dreams

Geo Hubela will teach a master class from 7:45 – 9:15 p.m. at the “Be ICONic!” release party.
HAMBURG — Local author Tim O’Shei said that, growing up, he wanted to be Superman, a rock star and a baseball star. Although he never achieved any of those dreams, the Hamburg resident was able to touch all three of them as he followed a different dream: writing.

“I became a nonfiction writer and began interviewing baseball players, rock stars and even a couple of actors who played Superman on TV and in movies,” O’Shei wrote, in his new coloring book “Be the One!”

O’Shei said that he hopes that the project, which has been in development for two years, inspires readers to go after their dreams and make them come true. The story is based on the song “Be the One!” that he created with Grammy-nominated producer Anthony Casuccio, for a CD of the same name.

THE ONE — Mount Saint Mary seniors Sara Bingham, Brianna Kincaid and Francesca Harvey pose with the “Be the One!” coloring book.
A coloring book release party “Be ICONic!” will be held from 6:30 – 9:15 p.m. on Saturday, March 15 at Performing Arts Dance Academy, located at 206 Lake St. in Hamburg.

Admission to the party is free and will include creating an icon-themed dream board and the chance to win autographs by stars such as R5 and Heather Morris. Coloring books will be available for purchase, and guests may choose a dream bracelet to go along with the book, for an additional cost.

Francesca Harvey, a senior at Mount Saint Mary Academy, will perform the song “Be the One!” from the CD. Those who attend the release party will have the opportunity to record their dream, to be included on a track on the CD.

“I am very excited to be working on an inspirational project that will incorporate dialogue from people sharing the pursuit of their dreams, woven into a catchy, uplifting song,” Casuccio said.

Brianna Kincaid and Sara Bingham illustrated the coloring book.

“When the project started, I never imagined that it would get this big,” said Bingham, a senior at Mount St. Mary Academy. “I never dreamed that my work would ever be published. This has been an amazing opportunity, because I got to pursue my hobby in a way that will make other people happy.”

“I have learned a lot artistically over that past two years,” said Kincaid, also a senior at Mount St. Mary Academy. “It has been an amazing opportunity and learning experience. I’ve spent a lot of time working on it and I’m really proud of how it turned out,” she added.

Dancer, choreographer and dance educator Geo Hubela will be at the release party, signing autographs and taking pictures at a free meet-and-greet. He will also be teaching a hip-hop class for those aged 11 and older, from 7:45 – 9:15 p.m., for a fee.

Hubela began dancing when he was 12 years old and was hired by Disney for his first professional job, when he was 19. After dancing in “The Magical World of Barbie,” he danced in “West Side Story,” at Tokyo Disney Resort® and for artists like Pink, *NSYNC and Will Smith.

He said that working with Michael Jackson “was a dream come true. He was my inspiration, and there I was, dancing with him. It was something I never thought I would do.”

After living and working in Los Angeles for 10 years, he decided to move back to Brooklyn, his hometown. But he did not stay long; he and his family packed up their belongings and moved to New Jersey to open their own dance studio, ICON Dance Complex©, home of “America’s Best Dance Crew” favorites ICONic Crew and the ICONic Boyz. Hubela currently focuses on teaching.

“I always want to challenge students, but I want them to walk away feeling good about what they learn,” he said. “I hope the students have a great time, feel good about themselves and feel confident. That’s why I do what I do. I used to be in their position. I want them to feel inspired. If they want something bad enough, they can do it.”

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