“For me, dance is everything. It has given me a career in which I can integrate self-expression with a disciplined lifestyle. I find that dance, despite its technical demands, is infinitely emotional. I feel most happy when I’m dancing -- performing in theaters, traveling, teaching dance technique and motivating young people. My hope is that one day, dance will be viewed as a vital source of communication and a highly focused and fulfilling way of life."
Artist | Dancer | Teacher | Choreographer
Jenny Oliver is an artist in the Greater Boston area working as a teacher, performer, choreographer and advocate for artistic integrity. She is a trauma informed, culturally responsive kinetic storyteller. She works at the intersection of dance, education, and collective collaboration to elevate issues affecting Black and Indigenous people. As a culturally Black person of Cape Verdean and Native American heritage she believes it's important to address the erasure of Native people and the ongoing systemic injustices towards Black people and is inspired by the ability of dance to catalyze meaningful and effective change in the lives of others. Alongside her work as a choreographer she is on faculty at Tufts University, Emerson College, the Dance Complex and Deborah Mason Performing Arts Center. Most recently she has expanded her collaborative work to include the development of a creative residency with the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics and Boston’s Office of Budget Management using creative storytelling, dance, and fiscal education to engage Boston residents in the city’s budgeting process.
Photos by: The Diahann Project