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Kirven Boyd now dances with the internationally renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – and credits his success to Boston Youth Moves

Jacquinn Williams | 5/25/2011, 12:05 p.m.
Alvin Ailey Principal Dancer Kirven James Boyd. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

The mission of BYM is to encourage young people through training in the art of dance, to explore their limitless potential for artistic expression and personal success. If Boyd is any indication, then BYM is doing what it’s supposed to do.

“BYM helped me develop so many aspects of myself both in dance and in everyday life,” Boyd said. “I learned so much about the importance of keeping an open mind and learning new things in dance as well as the importance of being a great person. They groomed me to be fearless and humble at the same time and I think that combination has helped me a great deal in my career.”

 Neill agrees.  She always wanted to be a dancer and believes that the arts help people become more of who they are.

 “Art transforms us,” said Neill. “I’ve seen how dancing has helped build character, confidence and self awareness in young people. If you open a door for a young person, they are not afraid to go through the next one. It’s quite beautiful to watch them blossom. There’s so much in the world that separates us and it’s important to balance it out … the humanness. That’s why people come here. Dance brings people together.”

 Both performances of A Spark Ignites: A Celebration in Dance will be at the Tsai Performance Center. For tickets to the concert on Friday, June 3 or tickets to the Swellegance Gala on June 4, call the Box Office at 617-353-8725.