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Conversations with Jordan Britt


Today we’d like to introduce you to Jordan Britt.
 

Hi Jordan, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I started dancing at the age of 9 (a little late in the eyes of the dance world) at a studio in the suburbs of Pittsburgh and I quickly fell in love with it. I continued to take Acro, ballet, and jazz weekly. While I was in high school, I performed in my school’s musicals as one of the dance leaders. I was also a teacher’s assistant and substituted at my studio. It was during this time that I realized I loved teaching kids how to dance and passing down my passion for art. While I attended the Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania for Bachelor of Science in Elementary and Special Education, I continued my dance training by taking dance courses and attending master classes. I also was teaching several nights a week at my studio back home. 

After graduating, I moved down to Orlando for a 3rd-grade teaching position at Narcoossee Elementary. During my time there, I was the dance instructor for the after-school program. After I graduated with a Master of Education, I became an instructional designer. It was then that I realized I missed teaching dance and decided to open my own dance studio. I started teaching dance at the local Civic Center two nights a week. At the end of my first year, I had only 18 students. The following year, I still taught at the Civic Center and grew to over 50 students, and it was then I signed a lease to get my own storefront. Then, COVID hit and I wasn’t sure if my small dance studio was going to survive as many studios around the world had to shut down. By the grace of God, my studio survived and thrived. During the pandemic, my husband and I worked on building out the studio (demolition, building a sprung floor, painting, hanging mirrors, etc.), and finally in the summer of 2020, I opened the physical studio! 

Since then, I have grown to over 100 students, formed a Nationally award-winning competitive team (ages 3-14), expanded my studio to have 4 dance rooms, and hired 4 amazing teachers. I am so excited to be celebrating my 5th season and can’t wait for many more! 

We all face challenges, but looking back, would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It has not! Just as my studio was taking off, COVID hit, and I had to move all of my classes to Zoom which was not easy. It is very challenging to keep 2–3-year Olds engaged through a screen and teach choreography. But somehow it worked and I was able to have a dance recital that summer. It was in a gymnasium, not an auditorium, we had several shows since we could only have 50 people in at a time. When we got back to in-person dance classes, we had to deal with ever-changing mandates. Social distancing, not being able to spot dancers in Acro which changed the way I taught, students and teachers being quarantined. Each week for the past two years has brought its challenges. I have had to learn how to quickly think on my feet. 

Thanks – so, what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am proud to be one of the only dance instructors in the lower Orlando/Saint Cloud/Kissimmee area to hold the following certifications in dance: 

Progressing Ballet Technique: Levels 1-3 

Acrobatic Arts Module 1 

Acro Dance Preschool by Acrobatic Arts 

Alixa Flexibility Module 1 & 2 

I have worked very hard to stay current with certifications and ongoing education to ensure my dancers are receiving the best dance training and education possible. We are a licensed Leap N Learn studio. Leap ‘N Learn helps build strong foundations in dance. But, first and foremost, Leap ‘N Learn benefits the whole child by embedding physical, cognitive, social, and emotional skills into each and every class. I am most proud of my dancers and the continued growth they show from year to year! At every competition this past year my team has won an award for being an outstanding studio- with sportsmanship and the behavior of our teachers, dancers, and parents. It’s amazing that we have won National awards/judge’s choice awards/entertainment awards/overalls/etc. But to be recognized for being great people shows that we are more than just a dance studio/team. Our motto is “developing well-rounded dancers, one step at a time,” and that is what we are doing. 

How do you define success?
I define success as having dancers who are learning not only dance but how to be successful and productive members of their community. If they can take what they learn in the studio, punctuality, respect, discipline, friendship, etc., and apply that in their day-to-day life. I have done my job as a studio owner and teacher. 

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