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On April 19, 2016

Jennifer Archibald

Jennifer Archibald, Founder and Artistic Director of the Arch Dance Company, graduated from the Alvin Ailey School and has performed across the U.S. at major venues including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Aaron Davis Hall, The Lincoln Theatre in Washington, DC, The Duke on 42nd Street, The Colony Theatre in Miami Beach, Judson Memorial Church and MTV, as well as in Europe, Russia and Canada. For 2013 Jennifer is 1 of 4 choreographers selected as a choreographic Fellow for Ailey’s New Directions Choreography Lab under the direction of Robert Battle.
Her work was featured outdoors in the heart of Time Square for the Solstice Dance Festival, and was presented by the Bates Dance Festival in a gala concert of international choreographers in 2008 and 2011. Jennifer’s one-woman-show was recently produced at The Studio@620’s “Le Salon de Danse” in St. Petersburg, FL. She is a recipient of the “Talk of The Arts” award from the University of South Florida, which has also honored choreographers Donald McKayle, Bill Irwin and Bill T. Jones.
As an artistic director she has presented Arch Dance Company nationally with two National Performance Network grants. Jacob’s Pillow presented Arch Dance Company’s The Uncomfortable Truth for Inside/Out Stage in 2011. She has staged various off-Broadway shows working with casts from Bring in Da Noise/Bring in Da Funk and the musical Cats. Jennifer has also choreographed for the NBA New York Knicks City Dancers and The Alvin Ailey School. Her works have been featured twice at the Elan Awards honoring Rob Marshall (director of the Academy Award winning film, Chicago) and contemporary dance choreographer, Lar Lubovitch.
She has choreographed for the musicals Carousel, The Music Man, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Pippin for professional theater companies; and is also a graduate of the Maggie Flannigan Acting Conservatory specializing in the Meisner technique. She has worked with chart-listed singers Ludacris and Shaggy as well as actors such as Audrey Tautou (The DaVinci Code and Amelie) as a movement specialist and choreographer.
Jennifer is currently on faculty at Dance New Amsterdam, Broadway Dance Center and CAP 21 America’s Musical Theatre Conservatory teaching Contemporary Jazz and Hip Hop. She is also a longtime faculty member at the Bates Dance Festival and Florida Dance Festival. She has been a resident artist and lecturer at Princeton University, University of South Florida, University of Illinois, Virginia Commonwealth University, Goucher College, East Carolina University, FAMU, Studio Harmonique in France, Jackson School of the Arts in Bermuda and CAP21/NYU.
In 2012 Jennifer was a resident artist for Ailey/Fordham, East Carolina University and Columbia Dance Chicago program. Internationally, she has taught master classes in France, Russia, Mexico, China, Ecuador, Slovenia, Sweden and Canada. She has done numerous outreach projects within the New York City Public School system and was hired by designer Tommy Hilfiger as a guest artist to teach inner city youth.

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