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I am a professional dancer from Australia with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from WAAPA. (Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts) I have trained in Hip-Hop, Contemporary and Ballet for several years now and continuing my practice.
This last year I was apart of the production 'Lord of the Flies' with Matthew Bourne's company 'New Adventures', which we performed in Melbourne, Australia. I have also been apart of two other companies’ in the Northern Territory, TRACKS Dance Co and SLIDE Youth Dance Co.
I am always interested in the art from of any genre. I love dancing, acting, modelling, photography and videography. Love singing as well, but unfortunately, I cannot sing. I am always interested in proposing new ideas as I am a creative thinker that loves to put pen to paper but also a movement to bodies.
Our readers would love to get to know you more Jordan. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
I am a very athletic and strong-willed. I play basketball and video games in my spare time when I'm not in the studio. I have a good work ethic in life that attracts a variety of different opportunities as well as new and interesting people. Since I was seventeen I have been living out home with my family's support to push my career, through this I have gained a strong foundation of independence and resourcefulness that will continue with me through life. For the last year, I have been travelling with two suitcases and a backpack around Australia and some parts of Europe to further my dance training and explore other artistic opportunities.
Jordan, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a dancer?
Watching a dance video on YouTube as a ten-year old I found the inspiration to embody what I saw and began to teach myself different movement styles. This resulted in my selection of dance as part of my high school education. Thus where I found my passion that fostered this desire to pursue dance in a tertiary institution as well as a professional career.
Who is your inspiration in life Jordan? How do you keep inspired?
My mother is the one who inspires me the most; she helped me become the person that I am today. She has helped me through thick and thin, which pushed me to achieve all of my short and long-term goals.
I keep inspired by seeing the amazing talent that is around the world that makes me continue to work harder. These dancers inspire me to train harder and to push the boundaries of my capabilities to be better.
We all make mistakes Jordan; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a dancer; you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
Unfortunately, within the industry, there will be arguments with working with other dancers. Sometimes it can be due to timing issues, the choreography or even music. There have been times where I wish I had just compromised with my colleges instead of causing a disagreement. It’s about communication, working together to create a piece of work that will be enjoyable to watch as an audience member.
Jordan , when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a dancer, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs?
I keep a diary to make sure that I have scheduled my time accordingly. I write down the date, time, how many hours I need to rehearse, everything that I can do so I don’t upset the client. It’s important to bring professionalism to every job, whether it being a performer or working a 9-5 job.
Please tell us Jordan, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a dancer?
During times in my career, I’ve had to create small works for performances. To maintain the concept of the work, I keep journals where I can write down my ideas, thoughts, choreography and spacing of the dancers so that I don’t get lost on what to focus on next. I use this to push out material to my dancers so they can understand what I am trying to achieve.
Jordan, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
It isn’t about persuading someone to see things my way. As I said before it's about compromise, being able to work together equally.
Jordan, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a dancer. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want with share to everyone. What is it and why?
Upon my graduation at WAAPA in 2016, I worked with Sir Matthew Bourne and his company ‘New Adventures’ on ‘Lord of the Flies’. There were three members that came over with the company from London to help teach the work to 6 professional dancers and 23 young men aged from 10-24 to perform this work in Melbourne, Australia at Arts Centre Melbourne.
As some of these young men had never danced before, I and the eight other professional dancers were mentors to them, to help guide them through this incredible journey.
As being a fan of Bourne’s work already I found this was an incredible experience not only because I was able to work for an idol of mine, but also because of the young men that were involved. After the work was over, all of them wanted to continue dancing; I feel grateful that I was apart of their experience and their choice to continue performing. It was a journey of brothers that I will never forget.
Jordan, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
At the moment, I very interested in tattooing combining with dance. I am creating ways of moving like a needle would on the skin, trying to use different textures to create choreography. I love being able to find new things that fascinate me to create movement. I always enjoy what I do, never had a dull moment where I don’t find myself being creative, either making movement or exploring ideas in my mind.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a dancer?
To never give up. When you think that you can’t push anymore, that’s when you need to find that last boost of energy to push through. Give everything you’ve got and don’t let anybody tell you that you cannot do something. Always strive for greatness within yourself.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
Yes, I don’t particularly know what is out there to work with. I am always willing to give everyone and everything go. Modeling, photography, acting, everything.
Darwin High School
Arts Centre Melbourne