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New York City dancer comes home to give back
BEAUMONT-By: Leslie Rangel
You're not the best, someone will always be better.
A lesson a professional dancer says kept him centered as he pursued his dream.
Seven years ago, Sean Carmon found himself on the same path as these Ozen High School students.
"I trained here under Miss Lucia and Miss Eva here at Ozen, I graduated in 2006," Carmon said.
Soon after, he left for the city of dreams, New york.
Now, he's a member of the prestigious Alvin Ailey Dance Company
He's here to show these students what it's like to follow your dream.
"I think it's a different experience when someone who's been where the students are, as I was, comes back and shows them that if they really want to pursue this and they care enough to put in the hard work then it can happen for them no matter where they come from," Carmon said.
Jesus Ledezma came from Mexico. A different life, but faced with the same challenges of getting ahead.
"He was in my shoes, he started from the bottom like me, so now let's see if I can get all the way to the top like him," Ledezma says.
Life's choreography brought them here to the same stage.
"I remember being in school and not having anyone to look up to expect for my teachers," Carmon says.
"I'm going to remember why I started doing this and I'm going to smile when I don't want to smile in rehearsals when I've been doing it for 7 hours a day, 5 days a week," Carmon said.
For Sean, the memories come back.
For Jesus, the memories are just beginning.
"Now Sean came here and now I'm inspired to come here to keep going and push myself," Jesus Ledezma says.
"Stay grounded because you're never going to be the best, there's always going to be someone there that's better than you. The sooner you realize that, the harder you'll work, the more you'll gain the more you'll learn about yourself and the further you'll go," Carmon said.
Sean Carmon credits his success to his high school teachers Eva LeBlanc and Lucia Booth.
Carmon danced on Broadway before being selected as a professional dancer with Alvin Ailey dance company.