Jordan Jones - Missouri Interview by Olivia Bush Nomination by Judie Jones Photography by Jeff Yin Photography Issue 30 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
The Nomination: Jordan Jones has been dancing since the age of 3 years old. Starting at the age of 10 she has spent her summers at prestigious ballet summer intensives such as Joffrey Chicago, Houston, PNB, Boston, San Francisco Ballet, and the Jordan School of Dance at Butler University. She has grown up balancing a challenging mix of academics, community service, and dance training that has helped her to become the well-rounded person she is today. In August she will attend the University of Arizona to study the triple track major of ballet, jazz, and modern along with preparing for med school. The picture we are submitting from her senior session took place in Chicago and represents the first big city where all her auditions began, and memories she holds close to her heart.
What or Who inspired you to start dancing? Due to the research my parents did, they found out dance was the best thing to do for the health issue I was diagnosed with. At age 3, I started creative movement, and I have been in love with dance ever since.
What is your favorite thing about dancing? Dance allows me to express myself in ways I cannot at school or other places. It has helped me break out of my shell and become more outgoing. I have met the most amazing people through dance, and the dance studio has become my second home.
Can you tell me more about what it's like going to summer dance intensives? Since age 12, I have travelled to different cities to train with amazing ballet companies. I've been fortunate to train with Joffrey Ballet, Houston Ballet, Boston Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and San Francisco Ballet. I spent 4-6 weeks in each of these cities training for 7+ hours a day. Each time, I stayed in a dorm and met many new friends. On the weekends, I loved exploring the new cities and getting a taste of the different cultures,
What is your favorite dance program that you have been to? I enjoyed San Francisco Ballet the most because I learned so much and met the best people. It was also my favorite city because we never ran out of things to do.
Is there a specific performance that has meant the most to you? The performance that meant the most to me was my last Nutcracker. I was The Sugar Plum Fairy. I loved every minute of that dance and had the most amazing partner. The Nutcracker has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, so performing in it for the last time was very hard. I would do it all over again if I could.
If you could have a career that involves dance what would you want to do? I would love to be in a ballet company one day because I have grown up around that environment and feel that I would love performing.
What inspiring things about you does your nomination not cover? I am also a teacher at my dance studio. I wanted to share my passion and love for dance with the younger generations. I push them to reach their full potential and feel that the more they are inspired, the more likely they are to continue. I also spend time volunteering in my community because the stronger the community the better. Jordan will be featured in issue 30 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!