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Summer Classes with Maverick Lemons

Brooklyn native Maverick Lemons began studying dance at age 16 at the Harlem School of the Arts. Maverick continued his training with The Ailey School and the Philadelphia Dance Company PHILADANCO, where he toured nationally and internationally for seven years as a principal dancer, master teacher, and tour manager. Not only is JOMDC privileged to have Maverick […]

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Get Fit with Kelly: Summer Is Here!

We made it to summer, happy June! I’m getting ready for JOMDC’s Annual Youth Spring Recital (20+ performing classes) and I’m also three weeks away from my bodybuilding competition! I’m excited and nervous about everything.  This is the time of year when parties, graduations, get-togethers, and temptations are everywhere. If you’re on a mission like […]

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Step Ahead Spotlight: Poetry in Motion with Astra Thompson

For six weeks every summer, 50 D.C. teens are employed as dancers through the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) in JOMDC’s summer Step Ahead program. Dancers attend dance classes in addition to art, college prep, money management, nutrition, and team-building classes. We interviewed high school senior Astra Thompson, now in her fourth year as a Step Ahead […]

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