Join us as Madeline Jafari takes us on a rhythmic journey from NYU’s Tisch School to the national tour of Stomp. Discover the power of perseverance and the art of dance on this episode of Beyond the Mic.

Welcome Madeline Jafari

We’re joined on the Starline by a performer, contemporary dancer, model and freelance dance artist. She’s on tour with her dream job after attaining her BFA in Dance at NYU’s Tisch School for the Arts. Traveling around the country coming to a city near you in “Stomp” we welcome Madeline Jafari.

Madeline, let’s go Beyond the Mic.

You 1st auditioned for this role while still in school and were cut in the second audition. What were your emotions after getting cut from your dream role that 1st time?

What did you do increasing your confidence in your skills and talents to get where you are today?

Your Instagram displays the confidence you have of your mind, body, soul and talent, You have developed such a powerful confidence around you now. How does this role change you from when you first started stomping to today?

Growing up, what did you want to be when you grew up and what would you say to your eight year old self now?

What percentage of your performance daily is made up on the fly and what is planned?

The Rockin’ 8:

It’s time for the Rockin’ 8, 8 random questions, answer with the first thing that comes to your mind. There is no Pressure.

1. Did you ever complete reading “A Love Letter to Texas Women”?

2. Will I-35 ever be finished with construction in Austin?

3. Favorite Halloween costume growing up?

4. What’s the one thing you will always break a diet for?

5. Favorite drink that isn’t a Shiner beer?

6. Best thing about a Persian woman?

7. Favorite piece of jewelry?

8. Best thing about composting?

The Back Half:

Who are you the closest to on the cast?

What is the 1st thing you look for when you get to a new town?

Who’s the best cook in your family?

I always ask stars of theatre to tell me the story of when they got the call they had the job. Tell me about yours.

Tell me about your mom and how history with the arts help nurture your love of it?

How does dancing free your soul?

Favorite music you enjoy listening to now?

Fighting for Stomp:

You made a list of jobs you needed to get for you to remain in New York. Stomp was on the list, what was the rest of the list?

When you walked into the studio for Stomp the first time you might have said, I belong here, I deserve this but talk about the “what did I get myself into” moment?

You leave everything on the stage every night, your heart, soul and sweat. Where do you draw your strength from?

Who outside Stomp inspires you and gives you a new perspective?

How did the pandemic quarantine change the way you see your art?

In your career you concern yourself with noise, but why is silence so powerful for you?

Why should someone come and see you in Stomp?

What message do you want kids who look up to you and Stomp get from you and your performance?


As you live in New York, which museum or art exhibits there have moved you the most?

Which teacher from either the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago or Ailey School inspired you the most?

How does travelling with Declan on tour help and or hurt your relationship?

Best and worst thing about New York Fashion Week?

One Big Question:

Talk about the freedom you have as a dancer and where does your mind go when you perform?

Sneaking in a few more:

After you reach your ultimate dream, you need new dreams. What’s yours?

Favorite Broadway show now?

The Wrap:

Her downstairs neighbors dislike her when she’s practicing, loves a warm chocolate chip cookie and communes with nature whenever she can. She wants you to see Stomp at a city near you, Madeline Jafari thanks for taking the time to talk with us today.

And that my friends is Beyond the Mic.

Listen to other Beyond the Mic conversations with dancers here.

Check out Madeline Jafari at her website here.

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