JENNIFER ARCHIBALD is the founder and Artistic Director of the ARCH Dance Company and Program Director of ArchCore40 dance intensives. She is a graduate of The Alvin Ailey School and the Maggie Flanigan Acting Conservatory where she studied the Meisner Technique. Archibald has choreographed for the Atlanta Ballet, Ailey II, Cincinnati Ballet, and worked commercially for Tommy Hilfiger, NIKE and MAC Cosmetics as well as chart-listed singers and actors. Archibald’s works have been performed at venues including New York's City Center, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, Aaron Davis Hall and Jacob's Pillow Inside|Out Stage, and Rialto's Off The Edge. In 2013, Jennifer was awarded a Choreographic Fellow for Ailey’s New Directions Choreography Lab under the direction of Robert Battle. She is 2015's Choreographic Winning's recipient by the Joffrey Ballet. She also choreographed “Seven”, a biographical work about Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee, commissioned by St. Louis based MADCO Dance Company. In 2016 she will be creating a new work for the Cincinnati Ballet, Ballet Memphis, and Kansas City Ballet. In spring 2015 her work was performed in Scandinavia, Germany, France and in the U.S. In 2015 she was appointed as guest faculty lecturer to develop the Hip Hop dance curriculum at Columbia/Barnard College. Jennifer is currently on faculty at the YALE school of Drama. www.JenniferArchibald.com
Hip Hop Technique
This class incorporates the technical fundamentals of both modern dance and hip-hop into a gritty street level execution of contemporary dance. This style pushes the dancer athletically to move with and against gravity as well as lyrically fly across space, encompassing both the hard edge of street dance with the fluidity of classical technique. Soul and conviction are emphasized through the movement in order to strengthen technique and performance qualities.
Hip Hop Repertory & Performance
Working with techniques and material from the Hip Hop class, Ms. Archibald will create a work with the students to be performed in the Festival Finale program. Prerequisite: Students must also take Ms. Archibald’s Hip Hop class.