MIAMI (CBSMiami) — The renowned Alvin Ailey Dance Company hosted a dance workshop this week for local students as part of one of their community outreach programs.

It’s something they do every year, but this is the first time an all-boys school has been selected to participate.

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CBS4’s Summer Knowles shows us the students at the young men’s preparatory academy had no problem working on and showing off their moves.

The Alvin Ailey Dance Company’s revelations residency program came to the Young Men’s Preparatory Academy in Miami. The goal was to use dance to educate, inspire and enlighten students.

“It makes me just wanna do what they do. You know,” said seventh grader Albert Watson.

“We were dancing and oh it was really awesome. It was breathtaking,” said seventh grader Enoch Saint Fleur.

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“It teaches people about the culture and how dance isn’t just about moving. Dance can tell a story,” said seventh grader Ismael Ferro.

One story in particular, they learned, was about Alvin Ailey’s life and how he vigorously pursued his dream to become a dancer.

“He had a dream. Something that was a natural talent and he developed it and surrounded himself with people who supported his dream,” said Nasha Thomas-Schmitt of the Alvin Ailey Dance Company. “He was a visionary and that’s something to these young people that is tangible.”

The Alvin Ailey Dance Company will perform in Miami at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts next week. Thursday is the opening night for the show, but on Friday they will have a special, free performance for students at public schools in Miami-Dade County.

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