Associate Artistic Director
A native of Long Beach, California, Jennifer is currently in her 23rd season with Eugene Ballet. After joining and rising to principal dancer with Eugene Ballet, she retired in 2012 as dancer and is Eugene Ballet’s ballet mistress managing training exercises, rehearsals, and touring. Jennifer began studying ballet in southern California under the direction of Patricia Stander. She continued her professional training under full scholarship at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School as a recipient of the Canadian National Award of Excellence. In her capacity as principal dancer with Eugene Ballet Company, some of her favorite lead roles include: Swan Lake, Carmen, Rite of Spring, Two’s Company, Dracula, and Romeo and Juliet. Jennifer’s transition to ballet mistress started in 2008 when she began teaching company class and assisting in the studio in addition to her performance career. In recent years, Jennifer has had the honor of overseeing rehearsals for guest choreographers such as Jessica Lang, Mauricio Wainrot, and Melissa Nolen Bobick, as well as the Company’s existing repertoire. Additionally, she has been entrusted with re-staging some of the Company’s repertoire for Summer Dance Lab in Walla Walla, WA, and Point Park College in Pittsburgh, PA. She enjoys her time guest-teaching around the Northwest and at the Eugene Ballet Academy’s Summer Intensive.