Welcome to the JJGirl Spotlight, a new series featuring the smart, talented, fearless young faces of Jo+Jax.
This week, meet 14-year-old Isabella Bruno from Albany, NY. Isabella competes with her studio, The World of Dance, and was last year’s National Teen Miss Starpower. She’s also a budding ballerina: Isabella earned a full two-week scholarship to the Joffrey Ballet School’s summer program! What’s next? Stay tuned. “I’m still very young, so there are still many amazing opportunities to come,” Isabella says.
Favorite dance styles: “I love all styles, so it’s hard to decide. But if I had to choose, I’d say a mix of jazz and contemporary.”
Favorite teachers: “I can’t just pick one teacher at my studio because I love them all. I also have many choreographers I love because they’re all different and special. Some of my favorites are Joey Dowling, Travis Wall, Mia Michaels, and Andy Pellick.”
Dance idols: Briar Nolet, Madison Cubbage, Travis Wall, Teddy Forance, and Sophia Lucia
Dream dance role: “I would love to do anything from touring around with a dance company like Shaping Sound to backup dancing for a pop star like Selena Gomez. I’d also love to one day own my own dance competition convention, and be in movies, on TV, and in music videos.”
Favorite school subject: “I do online school, and my favorite subject is math. Math is a subject that you’ll always have to know and use in the real world.”
Favorite ice cream flavor: “I don’t have a favorite — I love them all!”
If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? “Tacos!”
Favorite book: The Pretty Little Liars series
Favorite movies: Grease and The Shallows
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? “I’d love to go to Canada, Paris, London, Germany, and Australia. I love traveling, and would also want to tour around with a company to one of those places.”
If you could perform a duet with anyone, who would it be? “I would love to dance with many people in the industry, but if I had to pick one, it would be a duet with Travis Wall, choreographed by Travis Wall. He’s just amazing.”
If your life were a movie, who would you cast in it? “Vanessa Hudgens would definitely play me, because I think we have a lot of similarities. Ariana Grande would play my best friend, because Ariana could be my best friend’s twin. And Zac Efron would play my love interest, because I mean, who doesn’t love Zac Efron?”
What’s the weirdest thing in your dance bag? “I don’t have anything really weird in my bag, but I definitely have smelly dance shoes! #dancerprobs”
Favorite way to hit the stage: “I would have to say group routines, because you get to dance with your close friends and teammates.”
Favorite Jo+Jax: “I love everything, but my favorite item is the Tri-Top. It looks cute on everyone, and really shows off your back muscles.”
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