Jordan Hawkins, born and raised in Irmo, SC, began her dance training at the age of 3 at the Columbia Conservatory of Dance under the direction of Mariclare Miranda and William Starrett. After spending summer semesters at the South Carolina Governor’s School of Arts and Humanities she competed as a senior member of the CCDance Company during which she was awarded the title of Senior Miss Superstar and Senior Miss Dance along with scholarships to Adrenaline Dance Conventions and summer sessions at Steps on Broadway, Broadway Dance Center, and with the Radio City Rockettes. Guesting at the beginning of her professional career with South Carolina Contemporary Company for three summers gave her the opportunity to perform multiple roles in Martha Graham’s Maple Leaf Rag as well as a number of Miriam Barbosa originals. Now entering her twelfth season with the Columbia City Ballet with the title of Demi Soloist, she’s had the opportunity to continue to grow as a dancer in her hometown and perform many roles including the company’s original Rat Queen in The Nutcracker along with Candy Cane and Neapolitan divertissement. Her favorite roles include Puss N Boots from the Sleeping Beauty and the Evil Stepmother from Cinderella. Finding an additional passion for teaching and choreographing she has had the pleasure of teaching where she trained as well as training the new talent as an assistant director of Columbia City Ballet’s junior company (CCBII) and being the Ballet Mistress for the Rising Stars of Sumter.