Channel 3 has an update for you on the local ballet dancer, who Channel 3 first featured back in May.
After seeing his story on Channel 3, hundreds of people wrote well wishes for Lajeromeny Brown, some even called him a big inspiration to young teenagers in dance and in life.
The community raised more than $5,000 dollars to send him off to the prestigious School of American Ballet's summer program in New York City. Now back in Tennessee, he says he'll return to New York on a full ride scholarship. This time for the rest of the school year.
The 15-year-old touched all of our hearts, the first time we saw him dancing against the odds.
"If you have a dream you are trying to pursue, don't let people ridicule you or call you names because you are doing something you love," said Brown.
When the blue lights and bullets stopped, he practiced in the playground with big dreams.
" I just refuse to let myself be the stereotype that comes out of these neighborhoods," said Brown.
Anna Baker-VanCura remembers meeting Lajermoney at Ballet Tennessee, several years ago.
" It could not have happened to a better student," said VanCura, Ballet Tennessee Executive/ Artistic Director. " He is a beautiful soul, just a beautiful person. We believe that Ballet benefits everyone, so we reach out to all children we want everyone to come and have an opportunity."
The class gives kids a chance to grow.
"They learn discipline and self assessment," said VanCura. " They learn to use that motivation that brought them through the door."
Lajeromeny says the love and support saved him from the streets.
"Peer pressure can be a very very dangerous thing. You just have to let it go and if that means secluding yourself from those people then do so. You need to surround yourself with positive people who are going to push you to do great things instead of bad things," said Brown.
Brown says his teachers taught him to reach for the stars and that's just what he'll do.
" I would like to be a principal dancer at New York City Ballet but I need to work hard to get there, so we'll see what happens in the next couple of years," said Brown.
Lajeromeny leaves for New York this Monday, we wish him luck and we'll be sure to keep you updated on his journey.
Saturday, January 20 2018 10:29 PM EST2018-01-21 03:29:09 GMT
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