Jordan Allen has lived in a variety of settings with her military family, and her interests and accomplishments are similarly diverse. Born in San Antonio, Texas, she moved to Okinawa, Japan, in 1997, where she was placed in Gifted and Talented classes and a Japanese language immersion program at Kadena Elementary School. She developed an interest in singing and performing through participation in Eisa Dancing. During the Group of Eight Summit in 2000, Jordan danced with an Eisa group for President Bill Clinton and the U.S. Ambassador to Japan. While in Japan, she also modeled professionally, and her artwork won an award in the International Children’s Art Contest and was exhibited in Tokyo.
In 2002, Jordan’s family moved to San Antonio, Texas, where she attended Krueger School of Applied Technology, a magnet middle school for math and science. There she built and launched rockets, participated in space and flight simulations, and won the annual Outstanding Student award. She also appeared in the musicals Carousel, Meet Me in St. Louis, Brigadoon, and Thoroughly Modern Millie at various community theatres.
When her family was transferred to Washington D.C. in 2006, Jordan auditioned and was accepted into the Duke Ellington School of the Arts for Classical Voice training. While studying under renowned opera singer Angela Powell, she has been involved in a wide array of activities. In October 2007 she took part in a National Youth Leaders Conference. She also appeared in the Youth Chorus in the We Are One: Obama Inaugural Celebration Concert. Jordan was selected as one of Washington, D.C.‘s top-performing 11th and 12th grade public high school students to create video documentaries of their Presidential Inauguration experience. A consistent “A” student, Jordan was elected secretary of the 2010 class at Duke Ellington. This month she was selected by Duke Ellington to receive the Creativity Foundation’s 2009 Legacy Medal for her exceptional creative promise as a singer and theater performer.
In the future, Jordan hopes to continue singing and performing while broadening her academic interests. Although still open to other colleges or universities, at this time she has her eyes set on New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development where she would like to major in both Psychology and Vocal Performance.