Jon Swarthout was born in 1969 in Boise, ID. He had a positive childhood with parents who encouraged learning and art. Swarthout began performing as a child and started a theater group at the age of 13. His artistic focus transferred to ballet after getting a part in the local production of The Nutcracker. His talent led him to a performance arts high school in North Carolina. Upon returning to Idaho, he then danced with Ballet Idaho, and Idaho Dance Theatre and began teaching adult ballet. After teaching a children’s dance class, he began the Treasure Valley Institute for Children’s Arts (TrICA) with the goal that children will learn to believe in themselves. Swarthout is a father of twin daughters via surrogacy.
Kinsey Scale, spirituality, dancing, Free to Be You and Me, TrICA, surrogacy, parenthood, theatre
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