“Never trust spiritual leader who cannot dance”Mr. Miyagi
Name: Brian Jones
City: Living In New York
- Classical 40%
- Contemporary 60%
- Commercial 50%
- Technique 50%
- Flexibility 70%
- Strength 90%
- Creativity 80%
- Flare 60%
* Total of 150% between Classical, Contemporary and Commercial. Total of 350% across all other categories.
Featured Dancer – Brian Jones
Brian Jones started his training at Virginia School of the Arts, as a scholarship student under the direction of Tyrone Brooks. Furthering his training, he then began at The Ailey School in 2010 as a fellowship student. Brian has also trained under Rhapsody James, as well as other esteemed choreographers. While at Ailey, he developed a choreographic voice that allowed him to be able to create two new works on the students at Ailey. Later, he created the show 7[Seven], which became his choreographic debut on the state scale.
Brian was the associate choreographer of the national tour “My Brother Marvin,” the story on the life of Marvin Gaye. He can also be seen in things such as Madonna’s “Addicted to Sweat,” Glee, L’oreal Commercial ft. Jlo, and Aloe Blacc’s “I’m the Man.” He has also performed with Pop Artist Joey Yung at the Hong Kong Theater in 2013.
Most recently he was able to work under Baz Luhrmann and Rich and Tone for a upcoming Netflix original “The Get Down.” Aside from dancing, Brian has modeled for companies such as Target, Finish Line, and Puma, as well as creating his own clothing line “Boneles Bones.”
1. At what age did you start dancing?
I have been dancing since I can remember as a young kid, but it became something serious for me at age 17.
2. Where did you train professionally? If you did not have formal training how did you learn?
I began my training at Virginia School of the Arts in 2010 under the direction of Tyrone Brooks. In the summer of 2010 I moved to New York to study at The Ailey School as a fellowship student.
3. What is your favourite thing about being a dancer?
I think I have two reasons I enjoy being able to dance:
The first is my selfish reason….I am a true Gypsy at heart and love to be able to travel, see different places, and learn of other people culture.
The second reason is being able to move an audience.
4. Who/what is your biggest inspiration/reason and why?
As Cliche as it may say, my BIGGEST inspiration is my mom. She is one of the most giving women that i have ever met, and it motivates me to be the same no matter if its from the stage or my own table. My mom has always pushed me to be individual and to be happy with myself before anything.
5. If you weren’t a dancer, what do you think you would be doing?
I strive to do anything that I may have interest in, therefore when Im not dancing I do those things. However, if I weren’t a dancer, I would be a fashion designer.
6. Have you ever had a dance injury and how did you recover and prevent it from happening again?
I had a dance injury that for the longest time I wasn’t able to get an answer to where it stemmed from. It was a pinched nerve in my hamstring, which was causing me pain there and in my lower back. To recover from it I had to have weekly electric shock therapy. on my own time I would be sure to massage it with a cold compress.
7. Is there is a piece of advice you wish you had when you were starting out?
I wish I understood the importance in involving myself in as many projects as possible. Free or Paid. It really helps to build relationships, and preps you for the bigger experiences to come.
8. Do you have an interesting story from being in a show or on tour?
I was doing a show in Hong Kong for an artist by the name of Joey Yung. The stage was built in the round and had an audience of 20,000 people surrounding each angle. The bottom part of out costumes were tights that were solid in some areas and mesh in others. In the beginning of a 15 minute set my tights ripped right down the middle of my butt. After the show they were fixed for the next show…..Wouldnt you know they ripped again in front of a new audience of 20,000 people.
9. What is the most exciting dance job you have had so far?
I honestly feel that each job has its perks, but overall my most exciteting overall was filming for a Netflix original series said to come out in 2016.
10. What is your dream dance job?
My dream dance job is to be the Creative Director for Lady Gaga tour.