My name is Joelle Jordine, 11, from South Africa. I go to Joburg Ballet School.
Can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I’m a young girl with big dreams. My ballet dancing journey started at the age of two. Dance and drama are my passions. I received my 1st acting role in a local tv comedy production at the age of 8. What’s keeps me motivated and driven and my sole belief that anything is possible. Nothing should stop you from achieving your destiny.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Not at all. It takes significant hard work and dedication to achieve any level of success. I’m just 11, and sometimes you are tempted to chill, but having big aspirations requires hard work, sweat and sometimes tears. At the moment, I’m recovering from a knee injury. My rehab process has been painful. I cried at times and wanted to give up, but then I remember my dreams and the talents God has given me. I’m always grateful for my life and cherish the opportunities I have.
What personal limitations if any did you go through in your young career?
One can not help it always when you deal with self-doubt, looking at other young talented dancers around you. I have come to realize that I’m running my own race, in my own lane. It’s important to stretch myself to be the best version of myself in dancing, acting or academics.
Has anybody ever tried to limit you on what you could do? If so how did you fight it?
Yes, a previous dance teacher. Those closest to me believed in me. I believed in myself, and I surrounded myself by other teachers and coaches that believed the same. It’s amazing what happens when you find a teacher that will not give up on you. You rise and shine, and it unleashes potential on the inside.
How do you conquer negative talk?
I don’t mind constructive criticism. I value feedback, because it’s a gift, especially in the arts industry. I do, however, avoid negative talk that has bad intentions. I try and stay away from individuals that want to deliberately break you down. Always remember who you are. You are always stronger and braver than you think.
What is your favorite quote?
"It always seems impossible until it’s done" - this is by my favorite President Nelson Mandela.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I am so excited to announce that I have been accepted by the most prestigious dance schools Joburg Ballet in South Africa 🇿🇦. I have joined the Pre-pro development program. Firstly, ensure I do well and reach all my ballet milestones to turn professional. I want to continue to pursue acting because it’s a natural strength and passion of mine. I would love to be involved in a movie production and at the same time keep up my grades to continue to qualify for academic scrolls each year. I’m also a bit of a computer geek and love graphic/video designing. I want to complete my coding learning path. These are all short to medium-term plans. Long term, hopefully, get a scholarship for the best dance/drama schools.