After just five years of training at Artistic Fusion Dance Academy in Westminster, CO—only three of which were spent on the competition team—13-year-old Jonathan Fahoury currently holds two of the comp world’s most coveted titles: New York City Dance Alliance’s National Junior Outstanding Dancer and 24 Seven’s National Junior Non-Stop Dancer. Once you see him move, that’s not surprising: He has sinewy, long limbs and manages his ridiculous flexibility with great strength. But it’s his musicality and commitment to each movement that truly captivates.
“I do competitions because they motivate me to improve and force me to set goals. Plus, I love making new friends from around the country. Those are the people I’m going to be dancing with when I’m a professional.” –Jonathan Fahoury
Birthday: January 4, 2000
Favorite dancer of all time: Andy Pellick. “His movement is unique—he’s just himself onstage.”
Favorite food: eggplant parmesan
If he were a superhero, his power would be: “Transporting from place to place really fast. Then I wouldn’t have to drive 30 minutes to the studio!”
Dance idols: “Julie Jarnot and Jennifer Owens, my studio owners. I wouldn’t be the dancer I am today without them.”
Advice for DS readers: “Do what you love, and don’t let anyone get in the way. If you’re being bullied, just ignore it. Stay strong, and remember: You have an amazing talent no one can break. Billy Bell, Will Loftis and Andy Pellick have really helped me see this.”