After appearing in more than 40 productions as a soloist at the English National Ballet, Daniel Paul Jones is now taking leave from the stage. For half of his of life, the ENB star’s talent has conquered many stages across the country, however the achievements he nobly can take pride in take more than just a talent.
Daniel’s remarkable career with the ENB will be remembered by his appearance in productions including Swan Lake, playing Rothbart, The Nutcracker as Drosselmeyer and Romeo and Juliet as his favorite Tybalt. Whose “loyalty, strength and agility are attributes I associate with” he quotes.
Mr Jones is seeing the retirement as a positive, viewing his leave through the motto ’When you reach the top of the mountain, you are at the bottom of the sky’.
The star is willingly closing one door with the confident belief that another will open widely for him. “I want to take some time out to think about what to do next” – Daniel positively refers to the future.
More than ever it looks like Daniel is having a momentum of life-changes since he became father to son, Luca, for first time last year. The ENB soloist is now firm to complete his fruitful journey with the top ballet company and apply its lessons into something new.
Throughout his ballet career he says “I had 5 directors at ENB and all had a different idea of what ballet is. After 22 years I learnt to believe in my own idea of ballet and I am looking forward to exploring my visions in the near future”.
Daniel Jones can nobly take pride in a variety of aspects of the art of dance. He was Assistant Director in the BBC4 documentary “Agony and Ecstasy” devoted to the life experience of ballet dancers. What is often been out of focus of the media’s spotlights is his composing creativity and producing skills.
To his close followers, Daniel is an unhidden talent. His belief in universal moral values and ability to find joy and satisfaction in experimenting with self-expression, appeared a successful formula to his realization.
A project named “Physical Ballet” is part of his initiatives outside the ENB. In collaboration with ‘Big Dance’ 2012 he gave chance to many young talents to find strength to explore innovative forms of expression through dance. Recently he successfully auditioned in the reality TV show ‘Got To Dance’ when he performed a piece choreographed in only a couple of hours on ‘The best is yet to come’.
Being a born dancer, Daniel promises to continue spreading beauty and inspiration in different forms. “So many exciting projects in development, after I take my 8 month old son Luca to Japan to have his picture taken with real ninjas” says Daniel to The Positive readers keeping them in excitement and curiosity about what his new course could be. To his new colleagues entering the ENB “My advice would be to look after your body and most importantly look after your mind. You need both throughout your life”.
What genre do you think Daniel will head into?