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The Bates Dance Festival brings together an international community of choreographers, performers, educators & students in a cooperative community to study, perform & create new work. Jenny will be teaching a daily 2.5hr Horton-based modern dance and creative process class at this year's festival.

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BELONGING is a grantee of Live Arts Boston 2022. Through movement, drawing, and discussion, BELONGING will be an experiential performance workshop series that will creatively engage audiences in the questions: “What does it mean to Belong to a person, to place, to yourself?

Modern Connections Collective is an umbrella term that covers:

  • Modern Connections, a Horton based modern dance technique class
  • Connections Dance Theater, a project based performing group 
 
 

Since 2014 Jenny has been teaching Modern Connections classes in various Greater Boston locations. Starting with one weekly class it has grown to 4 weekly classes bringing people from various backgrounds together to explore movement and story telling. She teaches from a trauma informed lens focusing on empowering students to engage with class material in a way that releases judgement and expectations. 

 

In 2016, Connections Dance Theater was established as a way to express and process her creativity beyond the classroom. After creating her first evening length show, Hot Water Over Raised Fists, and during quarantine she began to look deeper at the ways movement and dance are conduits for communication and understanding.    

Since the Summer of 2020, She's taken her curiosity of movement and explored new ways of engaging with the public through:

- A digital dance film (Hot Water Over Raised Fists: a closer look at belonging) made in collaboration with Cat Head Pictures, commissioned by Emerson College and currently on view in the Unsettling the Archive: Exploring Tufts’ Relationships with Land exhibit

-The creation of a pilot residency program called Moving Through The Budget in collaboration with the Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics and the City of Boston's Budget Department.

- Consultations with leading Arts Organizations in the city.

- Assisting the design process for performances at Harvard University as the assistant to HUCA commissioned artist in residence, Nailah Randall-Belinger's newest work: Initiation-In Love Solidarity  

- Assisting the design process for performances at Tufts University as the Head of Dance Performance.

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