Today we’d like to introduce you to Brittany Jones.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
When I was a child, I never thought in a million years that I would be dancing. In fact, I was a terrible dancer when I was young! I was incredibly reserved and quiet, but I was encouraged to get out of my comfort zone by joining the cheerleading team and dance team in elementary school. I was still terrible, but I got through it and had a lot of fun. When the time came to attend junior high school, I decided to join the dance program where I learned mostly ballet (and eventually pointe) and some jazz and tap. During the beginning of my training, I discovered that I was a quick learner, and I suddenly fell in love with this art form that made me extremely uncomfortable. I went on to attend and graduate from the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA) where I continued my ballet, pointe, jazz, and tap training, and was introduced to modern dance. After high school, I danced in the Houston Community College Ensemble, and with a couple of small companies over the next few years, eventually making my way to performing with the Houston Grand Opera this year! Currently, I am a student in the dance program at the University of Houston working towards my BFA!
Please tell us about your art.
I am a Houston-based dancer, teacher, and choreographer. Most of my work for the last couple of years has been Contemporary/Modern dance-based, and I take every opportunity that I can find to dance. I love creating simply for the sake of creating. Dancing can happen anywhere and can be anything. It doesn’t have to be formal or performed on a stage with bright lights. While those things are certainly amazing when they come, I’ve grown to have a greater appreciation for the moments when I’m dancing just for fun, when I’m creating with friends just to make a short video, and even when I’m just flowing and improvising. It’s about the feeling. It’s about the passion. For me, growing to love dancing was such a pleasant surprise that I’m going to forever cherish.
Do you have any advice for other artists? Any lessons you wished you learned earlier?
I would encourage artists to stay true to themselves and own who they are. It’s important that in this community that can be extremely competitive that we don’t get into the habit of comparing ourselves to others and developing self-doubt. Remember that no one can do what you do the way you do it, and that’s a beautiful thing!
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I’m working on increasing my social media presence, so I often post videos from performances, rehearsals, and classes on my social media accounts. I also use my social media to announce every performance that I’m going to be part of so that everyone who wants to support me will know where to find me. I’m most active on Instagram @_brittanyjones.
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