Jaylin Martin – Alabama Interview by Zoe D'Angelo Nomination and Photography by Michelle Barclay Inspiring Teens Magazine - Issue 22
The Nomination: Jaylin Caroline is a 2019 James Clemens High School Senior, and Michelle Barclay Photography Senior Model Rep. Jaylin is applying for the Bachelor of Fine Arts Program with the goal of becoming a professional dancer, a visionary choreographer, and physical therapist. Jaylin is outstanding in every way and gives 100% .
Tell us about your dance training and experiences. I started dancing at the tender age of two. Until I had my first solo at the age of 8, dance was just a hobby, but it quickly became my passion. Whether I am dancing professionally, teaching, or choreographing, dance will always be a part of my life. I’m a diverse dancer. My styles include ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, hip hop, contemporary, modern, and lyrical.
What kind of summer programs have you been involved in? I attended the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater Summer Intensive in 2016 and 2017. In 2017, I was in the professional division and had the opportunity to be in Bradley Shelvers repertory piece. This was an incredible accomplishment and honor. In 2018, I attended Ballet+ in Miami with director Francisco Gella as well as Aria Summer Intensive (Ballet) in California also with director Francisco Gella. I have been mentored by Liz Imperio (Success.dance) and Teddy Forance (CLI Studios). My training and experiences have been invaluable. I cannot thank my mentors enough especially Francisco Gella for pushing me beyond my limits.
Tell us about the different shows you have performed in. I have performed all over this country in various dance conventions and competitions. I’ve also performed in my high school musical (Beauty and the Beast) as a featured dancer. I’ve enjoyed the past 16 years performing in my dance showcase with Heidi Knight School of Dance. This one is most enjoyable because many of my friends and family members get to see me dance. I aspire to perform in New York City with Complexions Contemporary Ballet Company.
What are some ways you choreograph dances? Anytime I prepare to choreograph, I listen to the music first then record myself doing improv. I watch the recording and used what I like in my choreography. I identify the mood of the song, how I’m feeling.
Jaylin will be featured in Issue 22 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!