When you watch Detroit Cass Tech teen, Javon Jones,18, dance you become mesmerized. He exudes grace and beauty that brings many audience members to tears as he commands the stage.
Jones is the captain of the dance team and the only male among the 10 members. The Detroit News shared his story of how his skill and love of dance earned him a scholarship.
Javon choreographed the contemporary ballet “Dearly Beloved,” which earned him the inaugural $10,000 Max Mara Young Visionary Award and gold medal in February, beating out more than 12,000 other applicants from across the nation.
In addition to the scholarship, Jones was sealed his audition to become one of only 12 male dancers from around the world, the only one from Michigan to be admitted with a full ride to the 2016 fall class of the Juilliard School at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City.
Of the 500 dancers who auditioned to attend Juilliard in the fall, 24 were admitted.
Jones has plans of not only obtaining his bachelor’s of arts from Julliard but he wants to travel to Europe to perform with the Netherlands Dance Theatre. Eventually, he wants to return to the U.S. to open his own dance company.
Watch Javon take the stage below.