Jen holds both Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts Degrees in Dance Choreography and Performance from the University of Maryland. She also holds her Certification as a Movement Analyst from the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies and is a Registered Somatic Movement Educator and Therapist through the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association. She is currently completing her Certification as a Nutrition Coach through the National Association of Sports Medicine to more holistically support her students and clients.
Jen has worked in higher education in various roles since 2012, serving as a guest artist, choreographer, lecturer, and adjunct faculty in programs ranging from Associates to Fine Arts Conservatories for both Dance and Theatre. She is currently a faculty member in the BFA Dance Program at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University where she also serves as a senior capstone advisor and is a contributor and producer of the Peak Performance Fundamentals for Performing Artists program as well as several other interdisciplinary initiatives. She is also a current faculty member in the Theatre and Dance Program at Howard Community College. Previously, she taught in the undergraduate Dance Program at the University of Maryland, where she also created and directed interdisciplinary programs for graduate students in the areas of embodied leadership and non-verbal communication in partnership with the Neuro and Cognitive Science Program. Jen has contributed to developing related curriculum for The Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies.
Jen began working privately as a Somatic Movement Practitioner in 2017 with the intention of helping clients develop a deeper connection with themselves and understanding of their bodies through awareness and movement re-education. Since then, Jen launched her private practice, Momentum Movement Education, and her work as a Somatic Movement Educator and Therapist has grown into working with a variety of populations including dancers, actors, artists, athletes, chronic pain sufferers, cancer survivors, COVID nursing units and support staff, and individuals seeking optimal health and physical wellness.
For thirteen years Jen was the founding Owner and Director of Project C Studios, a dance school and performance space where she built a highly respected national standards-based dance program with an accomplished and diverse faculty, focused on cultivating the unique artistic perspectives and voices of each individual student and developing community engagement through arts education and performance. Jen sold Project C in 2019 to pursue other ways of serving the community through her work.
Most recently Jen has partnered with long time colleague and friend Emily Runkle to form Synergy Space, a cooperative space for dance and movement educators, artists, students, and enthusiasts. Synergy Space is the home of both her private practice, Momentum Movement Education, and Emily’s youth training program, Ballet Embody Academy, the affiliate school of professional company Ballet Embody. Additionally, Synergy offers regular classes as well as space and support for private coaching, cross-training, rehearsals, artistic projects, and wellness programs.
Jen has taught in the private sector for over 20 years and has served as a master dance/movement educator at a variety of schools, festivals, and conferences including The Maryland State Dance Festival and The American College Dance Association Mid-Atlantic Conference. She has also choreographed recognized and awarded theatrical and commercial work for regional dance and theatre companies, studios, and schools, and has performed and presented both commercial and concert work for more than 15 years, including performances at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Joe’s Movement Emporium, the Metlife Stadium (televised on CBS), and The Kennedy Center. Further, Jen currently serves as the President of the Maryland Council for Dance.
Jen’s work and research interests span the range of what it means to be in movement – from anatomical to abstract, from functional to expressive, from communication to performance, from educator to artist, from personal to global. She believes that conscious embodiment and awareness is the key to unlocking potential and finding personal fulfillment. She also believes that understanding and compassion for each other can only be found by first cultivating understanding and compassion for yourself.