Nov 08, 2021 | Jenny Russell arts humanities and social sciences english When not inside the classroom, you will find Ashley Jordan on the stage with the Huntsville Ballet. Jordan began dancing at the age of four and has attended numerous prestigious ballet programs, including Pacific Northwest Ballet and Ballet Chicago. Ashley joined Huntsville Ballet’s professional company in 2018. Since then, she has performed roles choreographed by Phillip Otto, such as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Christine in The Phantom of the Ballet, and the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker. As a student in the Department of Kinesiology and the Department of English, she hopes to utilize her degree to further a professional career in the ballet industry. “I’m hoping I can use my Kinesiology background to understand dancers and their specific physical needs better. I’d love to use Kinesiology to help dancers better avoid injury, prolong their careers, and just generally use what we know about the body to make great art. I think the more we can learn about the body, the more we have the ability to produce great art that moves people as well as dancers who can survive the physical blows of such a difficult profession. As for the English, I’d like to have the skill set to help with the business and writing side of running a business. In general, I want to know how to use language to the best of my ability, especially in a professional setting.” Both departments and colleges look forward to seeing Jordan back on stage this winter as she continues as the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker.