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Jennifer Edwards is a writer, choreographer, and organizational development and communication consultant. She is a sought-after speaker and facilitator who has been called on by organizations including Columbia University Medical Center, Cancer Care, the Girl Scouts of America, GMHC,  the Jerome Robbins Foundations and The Juilliard School. Weaving her artistic work and facilitation with her passion for community building, Jennifer has worked on local and national projects including ‘Re-Cover-Me’, a spoken word piece commissioned by the NCADD-NJ; NCOR at American University where she led body-mind workshops and storytelling trainings; building a national board for the Museum of Motherhood with founder Joy Rose; and creating ‘Grounded’ stress management trainings for the American Heart Association, HUD, the DOT, the Senior Center Day Lounge and an iPhone App. Edwards is a guest professor at Skidmore College, a regular contributor to The Huffington Post, and her writing appears in The National Museum of Women and in an upcoming book on creative placemaking, developed by ArtPlace. She is also the founder / director of JenEd Productions, a company focused on education and performance and a partner at Edwards and Skybetter | Change Agency. Jennifer earned an MFA from NYU, and has supplemented her education with training in group facilitation and trauma therapy, as well as advanced study of Organizational Development and Change Management at The New School.

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Dance, Intimacy and the Human Heart: 4CHAMBERS

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 3:35 AM

In 4CHAMBERS there are four spaces that people enter and go through, like the flow of blood, in one direction, and come out on the other side, having had a deeper experience, hopefully, of their own humanity.


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Photo by Julie...

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Through the Eyes of a Dancer: A New Book by Wendy Perron

(0) Comments | Posted December 5, 2013 | 7:58 PM

Through the Eyes of a Dancer (Wesleyan University Press) is a carefully curated collection of reviews and essays, written by Dance Magazine's editor at large, Wendy Perron.

Perron's book flows like a choreographic retrospective. The reader has an opportunity to witness both the writer, and the work,...

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SARA DU JOUR, Dancer -- at The 92nd St Y

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2013 | 5:15 PM

"When great technique meets outrageous style (and cheeky fun) you get SARA."
- Dance Magazine


Friday at noon May 31th, Internet diva and brain child of Nicole Bridgens and Jordan Isadore, SARA DU JOUR will perform, along with Christopher Williams and Douglas Dunn at...

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Dance, A Holiday Tradition: Nut/Cracked Turns 10 at New York Live Arts

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2012 | 4:41 PM

Thursday Dec. 20th: lights go up on Nut/Cracked, now in it's 10th season, at New York Live Arts. David Parker and The Bang Group along with several casts of teen dancers from all over the city, perform this comic/subversive, neo-vaudeville version of The Nutcracker, that has...

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Dance+the Holidays: Three Things to Do This Weekend

(0) Comments | Posted December 13, 2012 | 10:50 AM

The holidays are upon us. New York is buzzing with harried shoppers, end-of-term students, and people working hard to finish projects before taking a little time off. Overwhelm abounds. This weekend is the perfect time to take a break, grab a friend, and get relaxed, inspired, and refreshed by some...

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Ballet Next Brings Five World Premieres to the Joyce Theater

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2012 | 2:06 PM

Ballet Next, the independent ballet company founded by co-directors Michele Wiles and Charles Askegard, opens its first week-long season on Tuesday, October 23rd in New York City. Nearly a year ago, I wrote about Ballet Next here in The Huffington Post. It seemed time for another...

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Fäulein Maria Bids Adieu at Jacob's Pillow

(1) Comments | Posted August 28, 2012 | 5:47 PM

"The Maria character is a classical trickster. We can replace the word "Maria" in the lyric "How do you solve a problem like Maria" with any word -- even dance." -- Doug Elkins, choreographer

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Photo by Yi-Chun Wu

After a six-year, very successful...

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Performing Life, Living Art: Michael Alan

(0) Comments | Posted July 13, 2012 | 5:56 PM

"Art saved my life... art makes everything better."

Yogis often meditate on the mantra "So Hum" or "I am." The goal is to simply show up and experience what is happening in that very moment. When I began writing this piece, I was stuck -- hung-up on a definition. I...

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Fierce, Fun, and Fulfilling: Keigwin + Company Opens at The Joyce

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2012 | 10:42 AM

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Photo courtesy of Keigwin and Company


On a warm Friday afternoon, I sat facing twelve casually joking, self-effacing young dancers. Larry Keigwin, to my left, spoke about the piece we were about to see, a new work, aptly named 12 Chairs....

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Dance and Money: A Response to Lightsey Darst

(17) Comments | Posted June 5, 2012 | 6:03 PM

Dance, a visual art; dance, a performing art; an experiential, theatrical, dying art; and now, dance, the poorest art -- it seems, perhaps, the elephant in the room may be: "dance, the art with a huge brand-management problem." Or, "dance, the art form undergoing an identity crisis." Most pointedly, dance...

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Embodied Women as Window on Feminism: The Co(te)lette Film Served Up on Your Lap[top]

(1) Comments | Posted April 23, 2012 | 4:57 PM

This weekend I watched The Co(te)lette Film, an award-winning film by Mike Figgis (Leaving Las Vegas) and choreographed by Ann Van den Broek, recently released on iTunes by TenduTV. Rarely has a piece of art allowed me to draw on the information around me, not because the work...

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Australian Dance Company Chunky Move Featured in Mass MoCA + Jacob's Pillow Collaboration

(2) Comments | Posted March 21, 2012 | 8:56 PM

"... a fascinating interplay of human, machine, and movement."
-- Ella Baff, Executive and Artisic Director, Jacob's Pillow

On March 24th, Jacob's Pillow Dance and MASS MoCA will co-present Chunky Move in Connected, a contemporary dance and moving sculptural work and...

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Marc Bamuthi Joseph: The Art of Collaboration and Community-Building

(0) Comments | Posted March 15, 2012 | 2:25 PM

Today, Thursday March 15, spoken word/hip hop theater artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph's red, black & GREEN: a blues opens at the Walker Art Center. red, black & GREEN: a blues was commissioned by the Walker as a performative/experiential iteration of Joseph's community work, specifically the Life...

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A Valentine In Dance

(1) Comments | Posted February 14, 2012 | 9:37 AM

My very first love was, is, and always will be dance. With that in mind, I decided to pay homage to both the art form and a few of the types of relationships I've experienced over the years.

Dance, to me is the embodiment of emotion -- it is an...

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Ballet Next: A Conversation With Co-artistic Directors, Michele Wiles and Charles Askegard

(1) Comments | Posted December 20, 2011 | 4:47 PM

"... It's ballet plain and simple," reflected Charles Askegard, as he relaxed in an open repose, wide and easy as if gazing across Lake Superior in his home state, Minnesota. We were seated around a table at Casa Nonna, near the theater district in Manhattan, and close to

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Growing Art and Artists: Merce Cunningham Dance Company at the Walker Art Center

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2011 | 7:02 PM

This piece was written in collaboration with Hannah Krafcik.

The Walker Art Center's ten-day celebration, "The Next Stage: Merce Cunningham at the Walker Art Center," opens this coming Friday, October 28th, and runs through Sunday, November 6th. This celebration symbolizes the end of a collaboration between...

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On Faustin Linyekula, Dance, and Leadership in the Performing Arts

(1) Comments | Posted October 12, 2011 | 4:37 PM

Congolese performing artist Faustin Linyekula has been touring the U.S. Fresh from Yerba Buena Performing Arts Center, Calif., and the Walker Art Center, Minn., he brings more, more, more... future to New York City for The Kitchen's "Crossing the Line" festival this week, Oct...

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Focus on Dance Writing, Content Creation, and Audience Engagement

(3) Comments | Posted July 31, 2011 | 6:22 PM

This week All Is Not Lost, a new interactive dance / music video performed by members of the band OK GO and dancers from Pilobolus was released on YouTube for use in Google Chrome. The work gives viewers license to leave a comment in[side]...

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In Dance News: It's A Matter of Place

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2011 | 2:02 PM

This has been an exciting week for three dance organizations -- and there is a common and unlikely thread that ties their accomplishments together: geography.

Chicago, Thursday morning July 14: the annual Dance / USA conference opened with a key note speech by writer Pico Iyer....

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Opening June 1: Gotham Dance Festival at the Joyce Theater

(1) Comments | Posted May 31, 2011 | 5:13 PM

June 1st marks the opening of a new and different breed of dance festival at The Joyce Theater NYC. Gotham Arts Exchange kicks off the summer with the 2-week Gotham Dance Festival, a diversely layered program that showcases both emerging and nationally renowned choreographers.

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