Profile Type: Artist
NEFA Grant Recipient
Connections Dance Theater

Our mission is to create research-based choreography reflecting socio-political events that contribute to the fabric of the American perspective. Actualizing a route towards philanthropy to support marginalized communities, CDT aims to be the vessel of hope to all audiences. CDT has been awarded the Boston Dance Makers Residency 2018/2019. This residency is a resource collaboration through the Boston Center for the Arts and the Boston Dance Alliance, designed to support experienced dance makers in the development of original ensemble work over the course of a year. While in residence Jenny created an evening length interdisciplinary immersive production, HOT WATER OVER RAISED FISTS in collaboration with theatrical designer Aja Jackson. This production solidified Oliver's model for impactful performative work that includes phases such as deep research, sharing datat with audience and artists, creating original artistic response, then a clear direct call to action.

In addition to this residency Jenny has also been awarded the first Choreographer in Residence at the Museum of Fine Arts. The focus of this residency was to explore presenting work in gallery spaces, while activating the Ansel Adams In Our Time Gallery. In 2017 CDT was the recipient of a New England Dance Fund Grant from NEFA.

Since 2005, Jenny Oliver has been navigating a dance career in performance, teaching and research. Her experiences with Dance have shaped her into a compassionate artist who is always investigating and looking for more; more to learn and more to give back.  A Magna Cum Laude graduate with a BA degree in Dance from Dean College and having received the Excellence in Achievement Award from the School at Jacob’s Pillow, Jenny has used her years of extensive training in Ballet, Modern (specifically Horton), Jazz, Tap (specifically Hoofin') and Haitian Folkoric Dance, to create interesting choreographies and develop integrated teaching practices. She has trained at the Garth Fagan Summer Movement Institute and recently completed the Horton Pedagogy Program at the Alvin Ailey School in NY. She is currently on Faculty at Emerson College, Tufts University, Deborah Mason Performing Arts Center, and The Dance Complex teaching Modern Dance or Haitian Holkloric Dance.

In May 2016 Strategic Rebellion presented her work, "Rebuttal." The solo work articulates my internal dialougue as Black Female artist and transitions into a male duet that examines and invokes intimacy between two males and asks if compassion can be inititated through touch.  She has worked in Residence at the Institute of Contemporary Art with Skeleton Architecture, at the MultiCultural Arts Center with Brigette Dunn Korpela, Director of B.Dunn Movement; at the Boston Center for the Arts with Lane Gifford, Director of LaneCo. Arts; at the Atlantic Center for the Art as well as the Institute of Contemporary Art with Reggie Wilson, Director of Fist & Heel Performance Group

In the summer of 2015 she helped establish the dance studio, Art Locus Studio in Port Au Prince, Haiti and when she is not creating dance art she sits on the Board of Directors for the Rasin Foundation. The foundation supports the Petite Riviere Health Center in the rural city of Leogane, Haiti. 

“For me, dance is everything. It has given me a career in which I can integrate self-expression with a disciplined lifestyle. I find that dance, despite its technical demands, is infinitely emotional. I feel most happy when I’m dancing -- performing in theaters, traveling, teaching dance technique and motivating young people. My hope is that one day, dance will be viewed as a vital source of communication and a highly focused and fulfilling way of life."

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Contact Information

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Job Title/Position: 
Artistic Director
Physical Address: 
15 Cottage Street
Boston, MA 02128
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Profile Type: 
Primary Discipline: 
Dance - Modern / Contemporary
Additional Disciplines: 
Dance - Ethnic
Dance - Jazz
Dance - Tap / Percussive
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Populations Served: 
General Public
School Groups
Institution/Business Type: 
Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Arts for Social Change / Creative Activism
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Performance / Concert / Reading
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
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Geographic Reach: 
Town / City

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Boston Center for the Arts
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Dance Complex
Tufts University
Emerson College
Cambridge Youth Dance Program
Boston Dance Alliance
BA Degree in Dance, 2005 Dean College
Excellence in Achievement Award, Jacob's Pillow
Garth Fagan Summer Movement Institute
Boston Dance Makers Residency 2018/19
Choreographer in Residence, Museum of Fine Arts Boston 2019
New England Dance Fund
I am a NEFA Grant Recipient

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Private Studio
School / University
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Ages Served: 
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
Certifications / Training: 
Horton Pedagogy
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