Magazine article Dance Magazine

Why I Dance

Magazine article Dance Magazine

Why I Dance

Article excerpt

As a child growing up in Phoenix, Jordan Kriston, 30, looked up to her sister Micah, a dance artist and teacher. Kriston herself began studying dance in high school, and followed in her sister's footsteps when she attended Arizona State University, where she earned a BFA in dance performance. After moving to New York, Kriston performed with Douglas Dunn, H. 77. Chen, Dion Dong and others. She joined Pilobolus in 2010.

Growing up, I was always happy when I was in motion. I played sports my whole childhood. I had always liked to write and paint as well, so I decided to try out for the dance department when I got to college. Dance seemed to fuse my passions for movement and creativity.

As I went through college and was introduced to modern, ballet, dance history and theory, I began to fall in love. It thrilled me to learn about the human body and its capabilities. So after graduation, I moved to New York to pursue a career in dance. I didn't know why I felt compelled to dance, though. I went through a phase where I felt it was selfish, that it carne from an ego-driven desire to be in the spotlight. I knew I enjoyed performing, but I wasn't convinced I was contributing to society. Still, I pressed on, determined to figure out why dance drew me.

One night I attended a Pilobolus performance. What I saw onstage struck me as beautiful, raw human behavior. It felt authentic, and I knew I wanted to be a part of it. Eventually, I landed a job with the company. After joining Pilobolus I began to have a clearer understanding of the gifts of dance, and why I loved doing it. …

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