Jordan Kriston grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and holds a BFA in Dance Performance from Arizona State University. She grew up playing team sports, swimming, and spending time outdoors. Jordan fell in love with dance as a teen after discovering it integrated her passions for physicality and the arts. In 2006, Jordan moved to NY to chase the dream and spent all her time taking class, auditioning and working dance & waitressing gigs. Jordan became a dancer with both H.T. Chen & Dancers and Douglas Dunn & Dancers during her time in New York. In 2010, Jordan was hired by Pilobolus Dance Theater of Connecticut. There, she had the wonderful experience of being a co-collaborator on more than a dozen new pieces, working with amazing, highly-acclaimed artists and traveling the world teaching master classes and performing. Jordan served as a full-time dancer with Pilobolus for seven years and continues to be involved as a Masterclass Educator, where she teaches the partnering aesthetic and philosophy of the company. She has been a Masterclass instructor on Dynamic Partnering for California State University Summer Arts program for three consecutive years starting in 2018. She is a dance instructor/choreographer at Polaris Dance Theater and has performed with Portland-based Dance Artists Ela Fala Dance Collective, Push/FOLD, and Graham Cole. She has presented her own choreography through Polaris Dance Theater, Coho Productions, and N.E.W. Expressive Works as an artist-in-residence in 2019. Jordan volunteers with White Bird Dance to bring outstanding dance performances to Portland residents. She lives in Portland, OR, with her partner Zach and dog Charlie and draws inspiration from nature, spending time with loved ones, being silly, meditation, reading, writing, and constantly being open to new experiences.
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