Where are you from? Where did you get your training? What’s your background?
Jordan: I grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and played sports my entire life. Basketball, softball, volleyball, swimming…pretty much any sport I loved. I got into dance as a teenager, taking it as an elective in high school. I originally studied dance in college because I knew it would be physical and thought it might mean less paperwork. I fell in love it and graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Dance Performance. In September of 2006, I moved to Brooklyn to pursue a career in dance. After moving to New York I danced with HT Chen, Karl Anderson, and Douglas Dunn.
How did you find out about Pilobolus?
Jordan: I first found out about Pilobous in college in my dance history class. The second time I saw Pilobolus was three years ago at the Joyce theater in New York City. I was intrigued by the way Pilobolus combined science and dance. The show seemed to have a theme of evolution and I had just finished taking a biology class in summer school before I moved to New York so my mind was was fresh with all of these concepts.
What was the audition process like? Did you ever think you were going to get cut or were you pretty confident?
Jordan: This year’s audition was my second audition for Pilobolus. The first time I auditioned for Pilobolus two years ago, I got cut about halfway through the process. It was different than other auditions in that we were asked to improvise almost the entire time. I had been to so many auditions where I was just asked to mimic exact movement so that was sort of what I was expecting. After I got cut I realized I needed to improve my improvisation skills so I asked around and found out where the improv jams were in the city. I found some on Monday and Wednesday nights that I really liked, and I started going to them every week as much as I could for the whole year leading up to the next audition so I would be better prepared. This year I felt pretty confident. There was a part of me that knew I was going to get it…and then at the end when there was only a few of us left I started to question myself. I just told myself that I could only be me and if they didnt like it, well too bad because this is all I got! That made it a little easier.
How was your first week of rehearsal? Anything harder or easier than you thought it would be?
Jordan: The first week of rehearsal was great. It was difficult and I was sore, but I expected that. I received fair warning from everyone that it was going to be a pressure cooker with lots of notes and lots to take in and to let people know if I was going to explode, so I wasn’t taken by surprise. I thought about this a lot before I came here and I felt prepared to take whatever was thrown at me. It’s not any harder than I imagined, but its not easier either. It’s pretty much what I thought it would be. I am surprised to see how alert everyone is and how they work together all the time. No one seems to be totally running the show, yet they find a way to let each other talk and let me talk and it seems to work out nicely so far. I sense a lot of respect in rehearsal.
Are there any tour locations that you are looking forward to in particular this year?
Jordan: I am really looking forward to Brazil! Ive always wanted to visit South America, I think it will be beautiful and I love warm climates. I took some capoeria classes and got really into that before I joined Pilobolus so if I could see and join in some of that dancing, that would be cool. Also, I am really looking forward to Israel. Lots of history there…not that I know a lot about the history but I would love to learn more. Pretty much any of the warmer places, and anywhere international I am looking forward to because that was my dream – to be able to see the world while dancing.
Is there anything else you’re looking forward to this season?
Jordan: I am looking forward to breaking away from my habit of always thinking I have to be independent and state my individuality, and just do everything on my own all the time. I think this is one of my strengths, but also one of my weaknesses. I tend to roll solo, and hang with one or two good friends at a time. My whole life I’ve never favored being part of a huge group of people that all did the same things together. I always felt the individual was lost in those situations because this sort of group mentality dominated and people followed that. I think there is a balance though of finding how I can maintain my individuality and contribute my own ideas WHILE being part of a group and exploring their ideas too to create this unified feeling without losing who you are. If everyone has a strong mind a lot of great things can happen and that’s the situation I feel like I’m in now. I’m really looking forward to totally sinking into this journey with these people and really becoming part of the family and being comfortable with that.
Interviewed by Jeffery Huang