This scholarship fund is a tribute to the Singer, dancer, master choreographer, teacher and mentor Lee Aca Thompson.
Thompson studied and performed with the great, Josephine Baker, Katherine Dunham, Sevilla Fort, Pearl Primus, Boris Novikoff, Martha Graham.
He taught many genres of dance, tap, jazz, ballet, and modern. His area of expertise was African and Caribbean dance. He later developed his own technique calling it the African Piragramac Dance Technique.
Mr. Thompson traveled all over the world teaching the youth in underserved communities. He was the owner and director of dance schools in the Bronx for over 40 years. He was also a master choreographer at The Artist Collective for 40 years.
These scholarships will be a tribute to his life and community service.
My love of dance started when I was a baby, and my uncle Lee use to dance around the house with me. by the time I was 2 I was already in dance school. and 53 years later I am still dancing. I owe it to my uncle to carry on his legacy and love of dance. Even though I didnt reach the levels of performing he did. Because of him some of his students have.
Lee Aca Thompson, was a dancer, singer, actor, teacher, mentor, choreographer. His love of the performing arts carried over to the many generations of children he taught.
He owned several dance schools in the Bronx, he taught in various states and traveled the world learning the culture and history of african dance.
What better way than to honor him and his legacy than to give 3 scholarships for $1000 each to deserving young students to help them along on their path to the world of performing.