New Brunswick’s own Jordan Cunningham – currently a senior at New Brunswick Health Sciences Technology High School – is an accomplished dancer who’ll perform with the American Repertory Ballet on December 17 (7 p.m.) at the city’s State Theater (15 Livingston Avenue).
Cunningham will play the title role of “Clara” in the holiday classic The Nutcracker.
“Dancing as Clara is one of the most memorable things I’ve ever done – and performing in my home city makes it even more incredible,” Cunningham says. “My heart is just full of gratitude.”
As a third grader, Cunningham earned a DANCE POWER scholarship to attend the American Repertory Ballet’s official school, Princeton Ballet School.
“I’m incredibly proud of Jordan and everything she’s accomplished,” says Jeremiah Clifford, the dancer’s principal at New Brunswick Health Sciences Technology High School. “And what makes this even more special is that I was also Jordan’s principal when she was a kindergarten student at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School. So, it’s particularly enjoyable seeing her continued success.”
About New Brunswick Public Schools The New Brunswick, NJ public school district consists of two high schools (New Brunswick High School and Health Sciences Technology High School), a middle school (New Brunswick Middle School) and nine elementary schools (Lincoln, Lincoln Annex, Livingston, Lord Stirling, McKinley, Redshaw, Roosevelt, Paul Robeson Community School for the Arts, and Woodrow Wilson schools). A comprehensive educational program for students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade serves a student population of more than 10,000. New Brunswick Public Schools participates in the P-TECH (Pathways in Technology Early College High School) public-private partnership, which provides select students an opportunity to simultaneously earn both a high school diploma and an associate degree in Engineering or an Engineering-related field.