Jordan Kissane, a senior at Westminster Christian School, has been dancing since she was three years old. Dancing is not just a passion for Kissane, it’s a full-time job and her dedication to her craft has paid off.
As a member of the Angel Fraser Logan Elite Dance Company at Dance Empire, Kissane dances an average of 30 hours each week. She trains with Angel Logan, a Westminster Christian alumnus, in multiple genres including ballet, contemporary, modern and hip hop.
“Contemporary dance is my favorite,” said Kissane. “It combines the best of ballet and modern dance.”
Kissane has danced her way to many regional championships and three national championships. As a member of Dance Empire’s gold-medal winning troupe at the national championships held in New York City, Kissane and the dance troupe were granted the opportunity to perform a choreographed production on Broadway at the Hammerstein Theater – not once, but all three times.
“In that city and on that stage, you really learn how it feels to be a professional dancer,” Kissane said. “You just want to dance.”
Although her busy dance schedule leaves little time for other activities, Kissane has made the time to volunteer for worthy causes during her years at Westminster Christian. As a member of the Visiting Angels Club, she has written letters to soldiers, visited nursing homes and fed the homeless. She and the members of the Invisible Children’s Club raised money for children in Africa. As a member of the Art Club for four years, Kissane has made posters for the school campus and volunteered on committees to decorate the school for various events. She also served on the Community Service Club during her junior year.
During the summers throughout high school, Kissane volunteered as a camp counselor at Safari EdVenture Camp, located on the campus of Christ Congregational Church.
“I spent many hours during my summers helping to care for the children at the camp and organizing and overseeing camp activities,” said Kissane. “I enjoy working with children.”
Looking ahead to college, Kissane plans to study medicine and her goal is to work in pediatric medicine or in a hospital neonatal department.
“I love the science of the body and brain,” she said. “I excel in science and love to watch all of the medical shows.”
An academic honor roll student, Kissane has applied for admission to several universities, including the University of Miami, Florida International, Alabama, Georgia, Auburn and Clemson. She will attend dance auditions at Texas Christian University and Florida State University, her school of choice.
After six years at Westminster Christian, graduating will be bittersweet.
“It will be really hard for me leave my friends when we all go away to college,” Kissane said. “They are all so important to me and have helped to make my high school years so enjoyable.”