On top of those life skills, Lemon and Boston teach a vast array of dance styles – jazz, modern, African, hip hop, contemporary, and more. Lemon particularly loves to teach jazz because of its roots in Black culture.
“What a lot of people may not know is that jazz is rooted in the African Diaspora. Jazz comes from West African movement and techniques,” Lemon said, “Songs like ‘Lost in the World’ by Kanye West are used in BDC jazz choreography. When we teach it to kids, we teach them syncopation and rhythms – it clicks without them even knowing. It’s my favorite ‘AH HA!’ moment to see in my students.”
While there is tons of exploration and time to learn in BDC, being on the team is no small commitment. To be a part of BDC, Lemon says, you need to be disciplined to be ready to compete and grow both personally and professionally.