"The arts is such a healing thing, I found dance and any time I left my neighborhood to go to COCA I forgot anything that was going on in my head," said Antonio. "That two to three hours a day that I spent there changed my life," said Antonio.
With all the excitement the Douthit-Boyd's have about helping to mold the next generation of dancers, their retirement is bittersweet.
"We got to work with Judith Jamison, Masazumi Chaya, Robert Battle and Dudley Williams. These Icons that you saw when you were a child dancing, you get to walk in and see them every day. It was one of those things where still you gotta just pinch yourself," said Antonio.
"You kind of can't' really think about the fact that it's ending, you have to think I still have to do all of this well," said Kirven. "I couldn't have asked for a better career transition."