By CLINT FOSTER
Few things in life can match the sheer joy that comes from expressing one's self through art, particularly on a theatrical stage. Yet finding success in the world of fine arts often takes years of training, experience and a slow climb to the top.
Not for Jace Duncan.
At the tender age of 13, and after only two years of actively pursuing dance, the Mineral Wells native has already landed a major role in Dallas Theater Center's original musical "Fly" – a new interpretation of J.M. Barrie's classic novel, "Peter Pan." In his second show with DTC, Jace plays one of the five Lost Boys, "Nibs," and has specifically received critical acclaim for his athletic dancing and gymnastics.
"Jace Duncan stood out as a dancer with amazing agility and great hip-hop moves," one columnist wrote in her review of the show.
Naturally, the Duncan family could not be more proud. His mother, father, two sisters and grandmother have all seen his performance as Nibs, and offer rave reviews of their own.
"This kid right here is amazing," Sue Duncan said as she looked at her grandson, seeming to beam with pride. "I was blown away. Everything is happening so fast."
Truly, Jace's road to DTC was a quick one. It was only two years ago that he began taking hip-hop, ballet, contemporary and jazz classes at the Rock of Sports and Performing Arts in Weatherford, virtually on a whim. After taking gymnastics the previous year, the Duncans simply wanted to gauge his interest.
"I've always just been dancing since I was little and my parents put me in class, just to see if I liked it," Jace said. "A teacher there asked me to compete with [Dance Continuum in Hurst] and from there it escalated."