• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Guffey passionate about sharing her love for dance

Being able to do the choreography for Woodford Theatre’s “Nunsense” has been a thrilling experience for Jordan Guffey. “It just feels like I’m a part of the history here at Woodford Theatre,” says Guffey, who works “by day” as the theater company’s box office and marketing manager. “It’s a main-stage production that’s going to be in the history of shows.” Guffey describes being responsible for the choreography of “Nunsense” as being “just a lot of fun.” She gets to mesh her skills as a choreographer with the personalities and improvisational abilities of the five leads in Dan Goggin’s musical comedy. “They’re nuns putting on a variety show so there’s some freedom in that to make some fun things happen,” says Guffey. One of the biggest challenges she has faced as choreographer of “Nunsense” has been teaching a tap dance routine to the cast of five. “Working with Jordan’s amazing,” says Maddy Williamson, who plays Sister Mary Amnesia. “She’s very talented. And it’s very clear that she thinks long and hard about the choreography that she gives us.” Guffey challenges the “Nunsense” leading ladies to always be at their best, but she knows when to slow down in order to give “us all of the tools that we need to succeed as a dancer,” Williamson explains. Having been a dancer since she was 3 years old, Guffey says, “It’s a lot of fun for me (to share my passion for tap). Those are my roots. That’s always been my favorite dance style.” Before getting this opportunity to choreograph her first-ever main-stage production at Woodford Theatre, Guffey did the choreography for two shows performed by Woodford Theatre Young Artists (WTYA) – “Alf Jr.” in December and “School of Rock” last summer. In addition to choreographing WTYA shows, Guffey teaches jazz and tap, which she describes as an important skill for dancers in musical theatre. “Once they get out into the real world,” she explains, “they’re expected to have tap experience, but they don’t always get that in a typical theatre program. So that’s a lot of fun for me…” Guffey, who has a degree in arts administration, describes education as an avenue to build interest in the performing arts. The University of Kentucky graduate began working at Woodford Theatre in October 2015. “I took what I was really passionate about, (and) made it a career,” says Guffey, 24. She wants to continue using her marketing skills to promote the arts, while also remaining involved in arts education and choreography because “I like to stay busy.”

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