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Jarrod Taylor Foken
2017

Jarrod Taylor Foken

The David Chow Humanitarian 2017 Award

Jarrod Taylor Foken

In 2002, Jarrod Taylor Foken, a Los Angeles Unified school teacher, created the Dance Masters Assembly to inspire and motivate students with leading break-dance and hip-hop professionals to offset the growing trend of students who had poor mental and physical health; a tendency for gang violence; selfishness and apathy; alcohol and drug abuse; and a high drop-out rate.

The Dance Masters Assembly combines comedy, dance, and urban acrobatic entertainment with student and teacher participation.  Through this entertainment and these positive role models, students are taught that they too can overcome their adversities and achieve their goals with hard-work and dedication.

In the past ten (10) years, Dance Masters Assembly has performed for over a million middle and high school students.