Jaylon Givan is a professional artist and native from Birmingham, Alabama. He began dancing at the age of thirteen with a well-known hip hop company called M.A.D. Skillz Dance Company (MSDC) and ILLUMNY Dance Crew. Throughout being in these dance organizations Jaylon has been involved in a few commercial opportunities, such as opening for Diggy Simmons, OMG Girlz, and Miguel. He was introduced to different styles of dance while participating in the Birmingham Chocolate Nutcracker in 2009, which he participated in continuously for a few years. During his last year of high school, he also participated in the Ramsay High School Modern dance club and Jacqueline Lockhart’s Performing Arts Institute. Jaylon is now a Senior Artist with Dissonance Dance Theatre, after graduating from Alabama State University as a part of the first class with his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance.
Consecutive ASU award-winning and scholarship artist Jaylon has allocated and cultivated his gift wholeheartedly through many dance festivals, companies, organizations, and schools. Since college, he has studied Ballet, Jazz, African, Hip Hop, Contemporary and different Modern techniques. Some of Jaylon’s performance and training experiences have been with the American Dance Festival, Atlanta Dance Connection, Montgomery Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, and Dance Theatre of Harlem. Additionally, he has taught various workshops/classes in the city of Montgomery, at different city high schools, and worked at different dance schools/studios as an employed instructor. One of Jaylon’s first major accomplishments is being chosen as a freshman to represent his school, city, and the entire southern region at American College Dance Festival Association Nationals in Washington D.C. held at the Kennedy Center. Jaylon has been highlighted for his excellence at DTH’s summer intensives in numerous ways. During his time at DTH, he was selected from the entire school along with several other students to perform at the Lincoln Center where the Dance Theatre of Harlem Company performed as well. He also attended DTH as a scholarship student. Kansas City Ballet chose Jaylon as a full scholarship recipient and the summer 2017 poster boy. Jaylon has had the opportunity of working with Montgomery Ballet since 2015. He has played the role of the Arabian prince in their 2015/16 Nutcracker and Judas in their 2016 Messiah. Jaylon has served as an ASU BFA Dance Ambassador, the audition demonstrator, a poster boy for many promotional materials, assistant to the director of the ASU Eclectic Dance Company, and was chosen to present his work at main stage production prior to his senior year. Lastly, another significant accomplishment of his was being promoted from apprentice to company artist to senior artist all within his first season at Dissonance Dance Theatre.
Jaylon has recently started his own workshop called Givan You, which has turned out to be successful. Lately, Jaylon has been requested to be a choreographer/teacher/performer on many different occasions. Jaylon has recently finished his second season with Dissonance Dance Theatre, is working on Givan You, and continuing to expand as an artist.