This week’s Dancer/Choreographer feature goes to Jordan Francis aka Jman. Jordan showed signs of talent at a very young age . He captured the interest of directors and photographers early in life doing various print jobs and commercials. At the age of ten he landed the leading role of “YoungSimba” in Disneys “The Lion King,” that’s when he really fell in love with performing live. When he was only eleven years old Jordan went on to writing music, one of his first songs “No Matter” made his hometown radio stations cd compilation volume 1, he also wrote a song for a local rapper that can be heard in the feature film “How She Move” ..Trained in all types dance from Ballet, Jazz,Tap,Lyrical,Modern and Hip Hop…Jordan has won various awards and scholarships for his dancing across Canada and the U.S. and in 2006 he held the title of chorographer of the year at the IPD showcase and has recently added three more choreographer awards to his credits including (young choreographer 2008), his dancing has landed him roles in movies such as “Honey” starring Jessica Alba and Missy Elliott “Music Man” starring Mathew Broderick and many others.. Jordan is also a well known lead voice actor his voice can be heard on the Kids WB, The learning Channel(TLC) and on teletoon where he was the voice of Jamie James in the hit series show “Carl Squared.” Sky is the limit for this very talented young man at such a young age he has already accomplished so much.. singer/songwriter/dancer/actor/producer and choreographer. Most of you all may know Jordan from Camp Rock one and two where he plays the role of Barron . His voice can also be heard on three songs on the Camp Rock soundtrack..”Hasta La Vista”, “We Rock,” and “Start the Party” in which he sings solo. The soundtrack reached no.1 on the Billboard charts. In 2010 he was featured on the “Jonas Brothers World Tour” .. Where he performed in front of numbers up to 80k every night across North and South America. Most recently check out Jordan on his own show entitled “The Cross Country Fun Hunt Saturday mornings on CBC. Coming soon YTV’s “The Next Star Super Group” Hosted by Jordan Francis Bio provided by Jordan
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Check out what Jordan had to say in this week’s Shout out…
Nikki: Do you remember the first time you started dancing?
Jordan: yes I remember it was my first recital I was 3 or 4 yrs old. I remember practicing every Saturday.
Nikki: Do you remember the first song you choreographed to? (Or your earliest memory)
Jordan: The first number I put together with dancers was called fight club. We dancers were in boxing gear, robes hand wraps and all.
Nikki: Your personal advice for dancers when it comes to free styling?
Jordan: be fearless! Don’t ever think too hard, it’s about being you. Be confident. At the end of the day freestyle is like practice and being yourself.
Nikki: Getting in the zone to choreograph, what does it take for you?
Jordan: for me it’s keeping my mind open. Seeing the vision I’m looking to create.
Nikki: Who are some of your biggest influences in the Dance industry?
Jordan: Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Sammy Davis Jr, James Brown, Michael Jackson
Nikki: Name a Toronto Choreographer you enjoy working with and why?
Jordan: I enjoy working with my Sister Cali a.k.a Sarah that’s who I started working with in my choreography field. I also enjoy working with Shane Loc a.k.a Shane Simpson.
Nikki: Name one of your favorite artists to work with and why? (It does not have to be a pop star. Any type of artist that a Dancer would work with i.e.; another Dancer, Choreographer, Musician etc.)
Jordan: Demi Lavato. I’m not saying that because she is super famous. I’m saying Demi because I grew up with her in this entertainment industry. I’ve seen her journey to becoming a major artist and this has been an inspiration to me. Demi is also an artist that is open to dancing and taking her craft seriously.
Nikki: Qualities you believe Toronto Dancers possess?
Jordan: Toronto dancers possess diversity. There is so much culture in the city and it reflects the dance ability.
Nikki: Any advice for emerging dancers and choreographers working/training in Toronto?
Jordan: Yes, don’t be afraid to try and collaborate, be open-minded. Take classes in all genres of dance not just the one you’re comfortable with!!!
Nikki: Any upcoming projects, shows or classes you would like to share with T.D.O.T.?
Jordan: I just finished performing at the choreographers Ball Dec edition 2014. I had fun!! Earlier in the year we wrapped with the Next Star Super Group!! We had a blast!! I plan to release new music top of the year virally. I still teach from time to time so follow me on instagram & on twitter!!
THANK YOU JORDAN aka JMAN FOR SHARING YOUR LOVE AND PASSION WITH T.D.O.T. XO
CHECK OUT JORDAN’S RECENT PERFORMANCE AND CHOREOGRAPHY AT TORONTO’S ORIGINAL CHOREOGRAPHERS BALL