Photo: Fort St. John native Brock Jellison performs a solo dance piece at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Opening Ceremonies last week – Screenshot from www.ctvolympics.ca
By Christine Rumleskie
There’s been a surprising amount of northeast representation at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, from speed skater Denny Morrison to artist Garry Oker.
Thanks to a tip from faithful Energeticcity.ca followers, we discovered yet another Fort St. John native who wowed millions at the Olympic Opening Ceremonies.
Brock Jellison had 23 million sets of eyes on him in Canada alone, as he solo-danced to a highly-energetic Celtic music piece at the ceremonies.
It all started when Jellison’s Vancouver-based dance company, Ruckus Company Productions, got an offer from Olympic organizers who were searching for help in judging tap-dancing auditions for the opening ceremonies.
Jellison readily accepted, and was later offered a position with the choreography team for the tap-dancing performance.
He competed against nine other dancers, and was given the part of lead solo dancer.
What happens after that, Jellison says, was a blur or rehearsing in secret rooms, being tight-lipped about his performance, and growing his hair and beard to suit the part.
Jellison says once the volunteer-dancers knew their moves, he began training in January for his big solo dance.
He says he’s still trying to process the magnitude of his performance.
Jellison was born and raised in Fort St. John. His mother, Noelle, started a dance studio in the City, which later changed ownership and renamed to Studio 2 Stage. Jellison graduated high school, and began pursuing his dancing career, with occasional visits to Fort St. John to help teach kids.
Stephanie Schneider is a dance instructor at the local studio. She took lessons from Brock when she was young. She says he was upbeat in his teachings, and was always passionate about dancing.
Now, she says Jellison serves as an inspiration for aspiring dancers in the Peace Region.
Jellison himself remains modest about his accomplishment….
He says he will carry his Olympic experience within him for the rest of his career.
You can watch Jellison’s performance, by Clicking Here. Just fast-forward the video to 1:48:40.