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 theMaggieFlanigan Acting Conservatory where she studied the Meisner Technique. Archibald has choreographed for the Atlanta Ballet, Ailey II, Cincinnati Ballet, Ballet Memphis, Kansas City Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, and worked commercially for Tommy Hilfiger, NIKE and MAC Cosmetics as well as chart-listed singers and actors. She was recently appointed as the first female Resident Choreographer in Cincinnati Ballet’s 40-year history. In 2018 she created new works for Cincinnati Ballet, Grand Rapids Ballet, Amy Seiwert's Imagery, and Stockholm's Balletakademien and will create a new work for Ballet West in 2020.
Archibald’s works have been performed at venues including New York's City Center, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, Aaron Davis Hall, Jacob's Pillow Inside|Out Stage and Central Park's Summerstage Mainstage. 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 Winningsrecipient by the Joffrey Ballet. A revival of “Seven”, a biographical work about Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee, will be performed this season commissioned by St. Louis based MADCO Dance Company. Arch Dance Company's "Chasing Shadows" will be remounted for Dallas BlackDance Theater for their 2018/19 season. Jennifer is currently an Acting Lecturer at the Yale School of Drama. She is also the 2018-19 recipient for the CUNY Dance Initiative Residency.
In 2015, she was appointed as Guest Faculty Lecturer to develop the Hip Hop dance curriculum at Columbia/Barnard College. Jennifer is also a guest artist at several universities including Fordham/Ailey, Purchase College, Princeton, Virginia Commonwealth University, University of South Florida, Goucher College, Columbia College Chicago, and Bates College. In 2018, she premiered new works for Miami New World School of the Arts, South Carolina's Governor's School of the Arts, Ailey Fordham, Boston Conservatory, and Point Park.
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.