Dancing in "Let You Go."
Long legs and that ponytail. A striking stage pressence. A ballerina, but with a little more soul. It's hard to forget Jasmine Morgan's dancing.
Jasmine, a co-founder of Relay Dance Collective, is excited to be returning to the stage after a long hiatus. Watch Jasmine's contemporary ballet, Passages, and see her dance with the rest of the collective in RDC's show, "Music + Motion" on August 24-25. To buy tickets, click here.
Q. How would you describe yourself as a dance artist?
A. I would describe myself as a classically-trained dancer who is open-minded to exploring all forms of dance. I'm really attracted to jazz! There are so many styles within jazz; there's something for everyone in this technique.
Q. You've known your fellow Relay co-founders since you were in middle school. What are your memories of growing up with these ladies?
A. Oh man. That seems like a long time ago, now. I was a couple years older than the other girls, so we didn't do much socializing outside of the dance studio. I just remember them as sweet, young dedicated dancers. Now that we have reunited, I realize how close of a connection we have. Obviously, they are still very dedicated to dance, and I truly love them with all my heart -- my soul sisters!
Q. Like the RDC co-founders, you were part of the teen youth performing company, Danceworks, through the Dance Fremont! studio. What did that experience provide you with?
A. Discipline is the first word that come to mind. Beside keeping out of trouble (most of the time), I gained some amazing skills in dance and got the pleasure of working with some really well known teacher/choreographers in the Seattle dance community. It was at this time too that I think I truly discovered my love for dancing.
Q. How else are you involved in dance?Jasmine's piece, "Passages."
A. I teach dance! I love dance so much, I made it a part of my work. I teach mostly children, which I really enjoy. I'm on staff at Dance Fremont!, All That Dance and Evergreen City Ballet.
Q. What have some of your biggest obstacles and how has dance helped you through them?
A. I think that the biggest obstacle I have encountered in dance was deciding if I was going to try and be a professional dancer. I feel like this is something that a lot of dancers struggle with, "Am I good enough?" This was a struggle for me because I had done so much training and it was such a huge part of my life that I felt like that what I was supposed to do. But it's not about being "good enough," it's about doing what you love to do. I have finally come to terms with my dancing and have realized that dancing is my passion/hobby not my career (excluding the teaching of course).
Q. Why did you want to create Relay Dance Collective?
A. I love to dance and what could be a better way to dance than doing it with people who feel the same way? Everything about RDC is on our terms, and thats makes it really fun.
Q. What words best describe your presence on stage?
A. I think this would be a better question for audience members watching me. I wonder what words someone might choose to use to describe my presence. But I can tell you that I feel just that: present when I'm on stage. At the same time, I feel like I am in my own little dancey world.
Q. What are your goals as an artist in general?
A. my goal is to dance for joy as long as my body will allow. Another goal I have is to choreograph a dance to Metallica's song "Orion."
Q. What advice do you like to give your dance students, or other dancers in general?
A. Take care of your body, and do it because you want to!
Q. Why do you dance?
A. Because it feels so good! Not only is it amazing exercise, but it's a great way to express yourself.