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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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True Colors Festival 2020/2021

True Colors Festival (TCF) presented by The Nippon Foundation is a series of performing arts events presented across geographies, in celebration of diversity and inclusion as “One World One Family.”

Through festivals since 2006 in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Singapore, and Japan, TCF has presented more than 1,100 performing artists from more than 30 countries and attracted more than 40,000 people.

The re-start of TCF 2020/2021 marks its commitment to tap on the power of the arts to connect artists and audiences in experiences such as music videos, film screenings, children’s programs, musicals, concerts, and workshops.

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