Assistant Professor of Dance, Dance Historian and Teacher
The Department of Theater and Dance is excited to welcome Jennifer Meckley on a full time basis as our new Assistant Professor of Dance History. Jenn obtained a B.A. in Dance from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania and an M.F.A in Dance in 2013 from The Ohio State University. She is an accomplished modern dance artist greatly inspired by hip-hop and various diasporic cultures. She aims to spread knowledge of street dance and the power of appropriation in academia. Her choreography explores various approaches to presenting hip-hop on a concert stage by developing and delivering an authentic experience through the various elements of hip-hop and abstracting movement by infusing modern dance techniques. She has performed with the company at well-known venues and dance festivals including Jacob’s Pillow, New York Live Arts, The American Dance Festival, Bates Dance Festival, Judson Church Movement Research, Streb Extreme Action, Pittsburgh’s new Moves Contemporary Dance Festival, Philadelphia’s Inhale Performance Arts Series, NYC’s Abron’s Arts Center, and The Fusebox Festival in Austin TX.