Get to know one of our #FLXElites, Jovana Mirosavljevic, professional dancer and owner of Backstage Dance Store! Check out this quick Q&A about everything, from her favorite costume to Jovana's personal motivation. Want to learn more? Follow Jovana's instagram @jovanamirosavljevic to stay up-to-date.
Who/what inspired you to start dancing? When I was three years old I saw “l’Etoile” (ou La danseuse sur scene), painting by Edgar Degas. I just explained to my parents that that’s me.
Tell us your faves!
What’s your favorite Ballet? “In the Middle,Somewhat Elevated” (But there are so many that I adore). If classical, let’s say “La Bayadere”.
Role to dance? I loved dancing Carmen , but I enjoyed so many other non classical roles more.
Stage you have danced on? Sidney Harman Hall, Washington DC, and stage of Croatian national theatre, always in my heart.
Ballet costume? Definitely my Carmen costumes by Michal Negrin, israeli fashion designer.
Place you have travelled to? NYC, always.
What gives you inspiration? Nowadays, strength , challenge, overcoming the obstacles.
What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your career? Two and a half years ago, when I had a “career ending” injury, which all of a sudden turned into my biggest strength.
What motivates you? My new dance life, second chance, my new life outside of dance, love, friends, family, GJUUM, Patrick Rump, and lately Stuart Loungway.
What is something people would be surprised to know about you? That I lift heavy weights and that I actually eat a lot!
Pre-performance routine? 30 minutes nap is a must, then make up and hair, GJUUM warm up, warm up class, some Flexistretcher, and I’m ready.
Favorite non-dance hobbies? Modeling has always been my favourite hobby, and I was lucky enough to make it into much more than a hobby.
Go-to cross training outside of the studio? My only training “religion” is GJUUM.
Words to live by? #doit
You can ask six famous people to dinner – who would you invite? Stromae, Forsythe, Sylvie, Christy Turlington, Marion Cotillard and of course Audrey if she was still alive...
If you could partner with any celebrity, who would it be? Stromae, but if we’re talking about dance celebrity then I was already lucky enough to dance with Darion Christopher Flores, who is , trust me, about to become a huge ballet celebrity.
If you could turn any movie into a ballet, what movie would you choose? “Closer”
Best piece of advice? Just love yourself enough to live this life exactly as you want it.