I love to hear about the passions and experiences that people hold dear to their hearts. Dance is something I can find similarities with on a day basis. Jasmine Jones, a Senior at Purdue University and a current member of the Higher Ground Dance Company shared some insight with me about dance in her life.
Q: How did you first get into dancing?
A: I remember when I was five, I think, my mother always told me that I would dance to anything wherever we were. We could be in the car and I’d be sitting in my car seat bobbing my head or I could just be at home dancing around the house. I guess my mother could tell dance was something that I loved to do so, she enrolled me into classes at Corrine’s Ballet Studio in Gary, IN.
Q: What type of dance training do you have in terms of style backgrounds and if you have one, which is your favorite?
A: I started with ballet, which is the foundational aspect of almost all other forms of dance. As I became a little older, I got into tap, hip hop and modern. I love all these styles but I would have to pick hip hop as my favorite. Hip hop is unexplainable sometimes because there is so much freedom with the things you can do with your body and I love that. There’s different types of hip hop that can be done like a slow and smooth style and then there’s a hard hitting, in your face style.
Q: I love the feeling that takes over my body when I perform. How do you feel minutes before a performance, during and after a performance?
A: The feeling is almost indescribable. Before a performance, I get really nervous. I always make sure that I pray to try to calm my nerves. I have to get in the mindset to be pure with my emotions so that I portray everything as it should be. I love to hear the audience’s reaction during the performance because that gives me assurance about how well I (we) are dancing. It’s a great feeling after a performance to walk off the stage knowing that I have left everything that I had on the floor. All emotions and energy, basically giving my all is what I want to accomplish when I walk off the stage.
Q: Do you have any plans to continue dancing when you graduate from college?
A: I don’t think I see a future in dance after I graduate. Dance has been a part of my life for a long time. I danced from when I was five, through middle school and high school and in college i’ve been in a dance company. I think it would be hard to find time to commit to dancing but, every now and then I would be interested in taking classes just to stay in shape and continue to have it in my life. I have definitely enjoyed being able to give back throughout my dance experiences and show my passions in life through my talents.