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 Jennifer Keller 

 

SPOTLIGHT


Jennifer Keller
Professor
jennifer.keller@sru.edu
724-738-2773


Jennifer Keller’s work as a choreographer, teacher and performer draws on the confluence of technology, improvisation, contact improvisation and her experiences as a repertory dancer. Since 2008 she has performed as a guest artist with Pennsylvania Dance Theater, whose 2011 work “Por la Blanda Arena” was listed by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as one of the top ten dance events of the year.  Keller has received awards from the Pittsburgh Foundation and Pittsburgh Magazine (the Harry Schwalb Excellence in the Arts Award), along with the 2003 SRU President’s Award for Creative Achievement, and the 2002 Zuzak Teaching Artist/Scholar Award from the College of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts.  Her 2002 solo-duet concert was listed as one of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s 2002 top ten dance events.  Keller’s choreography has been commissioned by professional companies including Pennsylvania Dance Theatre, Labco Dance, Dance Alloy, and Cleveland’s Dance Theater Collective, as well as by numerous university dance programs. Jennifer has studied extensively with Nina Martin and Martin’s improvisational training systems. From 1988-1996 Keller worked with choreographer Mark Taylor, dancing in his companies in New York City (Mark Taylor & Friends) and Pittsburgh (The Dance Alloy).  During that time, she originated roles in 12 of Taylor’s pieces, and worked with commissioned guest artists Elizabeth Streb, Eiko and Koma, Doug Elkins, Myriam Hervé-Gil, and Ann Carlson.  Jennifer received an MFA from Arizona State University, a BA from Connecticut College, and is a certified Core Dynamics Pilates instructor. At SRU, she specializes in instruction of all levels of modern technique, as well as dance technology, wellness for dancers, and dance improvisation. She is the director of Rock Dance Company, dedicated to community and children's performances.  Since 2010 she has served as Assistant to the Dean for the SRU College of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts.

 

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Jennifer worked with 14 dance majors and technology artist Pearlann Porter on a faculty-student research grant during fall 2012.  The project culminated with four performances in the Field House Dance Studio.

Jennifer received a PA State System of Higher Education grant for Joint Faculty and Student Public Service.  Rock Dance Company used the grant in 2010-2011 to take their interactice children's performance into 12 area schools, reaching 3,200 children. 


Keller performs "Smooth Muscle" at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater

 


Kelly Krepin Defade performs Keller's
"Interior Spaces"