Trio of American teens found ‘Joy’ in China

Talented trio: Brooklyn teens traveled to China as part of the 2017 dance initiative hosted by the Police Athletic League.
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Welcome home to Keymer, Jeremiah, and Jewel.

The twinkle-toed teens, students at Brooklyn High School of the Arts, and Police Athletic League members, traveled to China to perform at “Joy Dancing Beijing.” The initiative is the 2017 Cultural and Art Exchange Week of International Youth, an annual festival that brings together youth art troupes from more than 14 countries worldwide.

The three represented the United States and shared their talents through song at the opening ceremony of “Joy Dancing Beijing” by performing “Heal the World” and “The Impossible Dream” at the Beijing TV Theatre. In addition, the teens participated in a tour of Beijing, a cultural and artistic exchange at a local Chinese school, visited the Great Wall, performed at the Nature Museum, and traveled to Dalian City in northeast China.

“I visited many historic places and ate so many traditional foods, which were amazing!” said 17-year-old Jewel.

“In our performance, we sang ‘The Impossible Dream;’ I learned that no dream is impossible,” added Jeremiah, 17.

“My greatest experience was climbing and reaching the top of the Great Wall,” said Keymer, also 17.

“We are thrilled that teens from PAL’s Acting Program were chosen to represent America at China’s annual arts festival in Beijing,” said Frederick Watts, executive director of the Police Athletic League.

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Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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