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Jaylon Givan
Junior, Dance
Jaylon Givan

Jaylon Givan

When Jaylon Givan graduated from high school, he knew he wanted to pursue a degree in dance, and he initially had his sights set on attending another Alabama university. But once he heard about Alabama State University's new BFA Dance Program and visited the campus for orientation, he knew ASU was the right place for him.

"I liked the atmosphere; the people were all very nice," Givan said. "With the new program and the new opportunities waiting, it felt like a great place to be."

The Birmingham native quickly immersed himself in the program's rigorous schedule of classes and rehearsals, learning about the origins of various dance techniques and working to perfect his mastery of dance styles such as ballet, modern, Hip Hop, tap and jazz.

It didn't take long for Givan's hard work to begin paying off. He was chosen to help with the Elite Models and was featured on flyers and ads for the dance program.

One of the highlights of Givan's time at ASU came during his freshman year, when he was selected to perform at the prestigious Kennedy Center.

"I'm glad to be one of the people who performed, and I'm proud to be able to represent my school in such a positive way for one of the biggest opportunities in the nation," Givan said.

The BFA Dance Program professors go above and beyond to help the students strive for perfection, Givan said.

One of his favorite dance classes to date is modern dance, a class he describes as having a significant impact on his training.

"Modern dance shows so many beautiful lines in the body," he said.

Givan is full of advice for prospective students who may be considering ASU's BFA Dance Program.

"I want people to know we have the best program I've seen and witnessed," he said. "The professors put in so much hard work, and they are always keeping us on our feet. The program is not easy at all, but it's all about pushing through the pain, sweat and tears. They (professors) will push you far, but it's really up to you to put in the work, especially outside the classroom. Get in the studio on your own time; practice in your room. Really be dedicated."




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