jordan's dancer profile

Hello.  My name is Jordan Broyhill and I Am 12 years old and attend 7th grade at the Steamboat Springs middle school.  I started figure skating when I was 3 years old and was convinced that taking a ballet class at Elevation Dance Studio would greatly improve my skating.  I wasn't very excited but my mom convinced me.  I was the oldest girl in pre ballet at the age of nine and after the first class I was moved up to a higher ballet class.  After that first class I was hooked!  I absolutely loved it. I wanted to take more classes and because my best friend was in hip hop I begged my mom to enroll me.  She did enroll me in that class along with jazz.  I soon realized dance was all I wanted to do.  I continued to advance in ballet and attended a hip hop workshop where I won a scholarship to dance in Los Angeles.  Dancing in L.A. was one of the best experiences of my life and I knew I wanted to focus everything I had to dance.

I took every practice with hard work, dedication and love.  I am currently enrolled in the highest levels of all my dance classes including ballet, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, modern and jazz funk.  I take three ballet classes per week in the hopes of getting on pointe.  That is my ultimate dream, to dance on pointe.  I also was honored to make both teen competition teams jazz and locking.  I am honored to be playing the lead role of Clara in this years production of the Nutcracker!  I am so excited.  I pour all of my heart and soul into every moment I get to spend at the dance studio.  It is my home away from home especially because of my dance teachers and my fellow dancers, my "sisters", who I am lucky enough to dance with every day and call my best friends.

A few months ago I was surprisingly diagnosed with "moderately severe" Idiopathic Adolescent Scoliosis which is a curvature of the spine.  I have a 25 degree thoracic curvature and 31 degree lumbar curvature.  It was a huge shock to myself, my family, my dance teachers, fellow dancers and friends.  Luckily, we were able to catch the curvature before surgery.  To help correct the scoliosis I have to wear a hard brace 18-20 hours per day for 3-4 years or until I am done growing.  The first time I walked into Children's Hospital in Denver I knew that I would be okay.  I knew that scoliosis was not life threatening, was fixable and manageable.  I felt very blessed knowing that this little bump in the road could be so much worse.  Because of the support from my family and friends I knew I could kick scoliosis.  I know it is going to be a long and sometimes painful road ahead but because of dance I know I can do it.

I have to have 2 braces per year as I grow which are very expensive for my family.  My doctor recommends ballet to a lot of his scoliosis patients so luckily I am one step ahead of the curve!!  I also have body work done every week at the Pilates Studio to help strengthen my muscles back into the proper alignment.  Of course I want to fix my skeletal and muscular system.  I see the doctors every other month for X-rays and will soon start acupuncture.  

Because dance has taught me strength, determination and dedication I do not let my diagnosis of scoliosis determine who I am.  It is a little bump in the road that I know I can handle with grace and humility.  My dance friends are my rock and protectors at school!!  Their strength gives me strength to be myself and just keep dancing.  I know that I belong on the dance floor as there I can be my true self.  

The support of Steamboat Dance Theatre will help me continue dancing in all of my classes.  Medical bills, scoliosis braces and body work are expensive and I would hate to give up any dance classes I order for my family to pay for medical bills