Dance got me out of there

ILL-Abilities / True Colors DANCE performer

Jacob “Kujo” Lyons

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August 03, 2020

I have done workshops at juvenile reformatory and prisons before, but this workshop at the Medical Juveniles Correction and Education Center in East Japan was a special opportunity for me because I had a similar experience as the inmates had. Before I started dancing, I was a juvenile delinquent and my parents sent me to an institution to keep me away from violence and drugs. It was a difficult time, and dance got me out of that situation.

As the workshop progressed, the participators’ attitudes and gestures changed. It was a great feeling. When I first met dance, I also had a similar experience as a young boy in a bad state.

This workshop just happened to be about dance. I hope they will not see this experience as temporary entertainment, but as an inspiration for the rest of their lives.

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