It was only last year that Amber Jackson graduated from Minnesota State with a degree in Dance and Creative Writing. But this new graduate has already accomplished a lot. In addition to working with RDC choreographers Wade Madsen and Jerene Aldinger for PRIME, she will be performing in Being., which premieres at Velocity on April 1-2, 2016. Somehow, amid all these rehearsals, this lovely dancer has also managed to find time to say "I do" in Costa Rica (see adorable photo, left!). In the past, the new Mrs. Jackson has performed in, and choreographed for many original works at the American College Dance Festival (ACDA)’s Gala Concert. She's also appeared in works by Shapiro & Smith, Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater, and Lynn Andrews, and by her professors Julie Kerr-Berry, Allison Doughty and Daniel Stark. (I had the pleasure of working with Danny when I was dancing for Bellingham Repertory Dance and can attest to how awesome he is! No wonder his mentee, Amber, turned out so well).
Proudest accomplishment as an artist? My proudest accomplishment as an artist is always getting to see my work on stage. Whether it's a sassy jazz piece or an intense post-modern collaboration, it is so rewarding to see all those months of rehearsal pay off for both myself and the performers.
Most humbling moment? Teaching young kids. They're so eager to learn something new, and seeing the excitement in their eyes when they accomplish the simplest of moves reminds me to keep pushing my own technique and artistry.
What's your spirit animal? An arctic fox. I am from Minnesota, after all. What's your guilty pleasure? My cat Toots. Cheesecake. Bad sci-fi movies.
If you were a color, you'd be: Black.
Three things in life you love are: My supportive and hilarious husband, my family, and living so close to the ocean.
The most memorable thing from dancing in RDC this year: Meeting and dancing with tremendously creative and welcoming artists. Having just recently graduated from college and moved to a part of the country where I didn't know anyone, it has been so rewarding to meet such kind people who are willing to show the newbie around and I'm grateful to have the opportunity to perform with them. What's next for you? Continuing to grow as an artist in performance and choreography.