We asked Jodie a few questions to get to know her better, and here is what she said:
What has been your favorite dance gig during your career?
"My favorite dance "gig" is starting my company, Pure Existence, and all the many amazing performances and good times we have!"
What inspires you most as an artist?
"I am inspired by individuality and all that comes with that! I find it interesting that no one person is the same and therefore no relationship can ever be the same!"
When you're in the car, what's on the radio?
"When I am in the car, I LOVE listening to 90's dance music! I enjoy reminiscing of black jazz lace boots, scrunchies, and cut off sweats layered over jazz pants!"
If you could have lunch with any choreographer, past or present, who would it be?
"I would give anything to have lunch with William Forsythe!"
What's in your dance bag?
"My dance bag includes a book on improv, a laptop, and flip camera! Clearly a choreographer :)"
What has been a favorite BDF moment?
"My favorite moment was the rehearsal time spent with the professional dancers last season! I couldn't have asked for better entertainment!"
A little more about Jodie:
Jodie Randolph is a choreographer and dance educator based in southeast Michigan. She is a member of Dance Masters of America certified to teach ballet, jazz, tap, and modern, a member of Cecchetti Council of America, Detroit Dance Network, Michigan Dance Council, and the National Organization of Dance Educators. Jodie graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a B.S. in dance in 2009 where she received department scholarships and had the opportunity to perform at the American College Dance Festival. Jodie currently teaches ballet, jazz, modern, and improvisation to both professional and pre-professional dancers, serves as an adjunct lecturer of dance at Eastern Michigan University, and teaches master classes throughout the country. Jodie has served as a guest instructor for Platinum Dance Experience, Versatile Dance Company, and Michigan Dance Project, to name a few. In addition, she has taught at various festivals in the Detroit area including Detroit Dance City Festival, Brighton Dance Festival, Dance in the Mitten, and Oakland Dance Festival. Her students have gone on to study at The Juilliard School, Marymount of Manhattan, Indiana University, University of Michigan, and Eastern Michigan University. As a choreographer, Jodie’s work has been recognized by dancers, directors, and adjudicators across the Midwest and was named Choreographer of the Year in 2012. She has had the opportunity to choreograph for Brighton Dance Festival, Dance Masters of Michigan, and present work through Detroit Dance City Festival (MI), Michigan Dance Council (MI), Oakland Dance Festival (MI) and Biomorphic Dance Festival (NYC). Jodie is the Creative Director and Resident Choreographer for Pure Existence, a professional contemporary dance company based in Ann Arbor, MI. She also choreographs and directs X2, a pre-professional company for advanced teen dancers.