Brandon Jones

Brandon Jones, a native of Washington, DC, began his destiny with dance at an early age.   Unable to take dance lessons himself, he frequently attended the lessons of his younger cousin at Linda Natoli Studios in Clinton, Maryland.  While watching Brandon dance and become involved with the students, Mrs. Natoli noticed his talent and personally requested that he take lessons. Although Brandon’s mother was reluctant to the idea of him wanting to dance, Brandon began receiving instruction at Natoli where his lessons included tap, hip hop, and lyrical dance.  He also danced on Natoli’s competitive line, as well as choreographed for the recitals.   By the age of 16, Brandon was hired as an instructor at Natoli.

 

Brandon continued his dance lessons and majored in dance at the Suitland High School, a performing arts school in Maryland.  While there, he was elected to serve as the Captain of the Brother and Sister United (BASU) Dance Team.  The dance team performed many times at the school as well as at various churches and benefits.  Brandon watched music videos and studied the choreography, especially those of Missy Elliott.

 

Brandon has experienced many exciting moments in his dance endeavors.  In 2003, he performed in the stage play, “The Chocolate Nutcracker,” a LaVerne Reed Production.  In 2005, he was chosen as one of the top 50 dancers for the first season of Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance.  In 2008, Brandon was proud to be the recipient of the Laurieann Gibson Award, which “represents somebody who not only has the eye of the tiger and will annihilate any storm and anybody in their path...they eat, sleep, and drink dance,” for his performance at the 2008 Blaze the Stage Competition in New York City.

 

Brandon began choreographing for local dance groups and performing artists in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area.  He served as the choreographer for 2 THE EXTREME Dance Troop.  He choreographed several performances and competition pieces for them; including the troops opening performance for the Omarion and Marques Houston concert in Maryland. He currently serves as the choreographer for Krucial Rhythms Dance Troop where he has choreographed winning performances for BET’s 106 & Park, Wild Out Wednesday (attending finals in 2008), Hip Hop Challenge, and the Green Leaf Recreation Center Talent Showcase.  Brandon is also the choreographer for a local up and coming recording group, MainGirl; including their appearances on BET’s 106 & Park, Wild Out Wednesday, and the Black Family Reunion. 

 

Brandon is inspired by dancers and choreographers such as Jonte , Fatima Robinson, Laurieann Gibson, Jamaica Craft, Blake McGrath and Candace Brown.   

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