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About Jennifer Medina

Jennifer Medina is the Artistic Director of Common Thread Contemporary Dance Company. She began her studies in St. Louis, MO under the tutelage of Barbara Craig. She holds a BFA in Dance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and an MFA in Dance from the University of Iowa, studying on scholarship at both institutions with artists such as Basil Thompson, David Berkey, Alan Sener, Paula Weber and Leni Wylliams. Jennifer has performed with Wylliams-Henry Contemporary Dance Company of Kansas City in works by choreographers such as: Bill T. Jones, David Parsons, Sean Curran, William Whitener, Hanya Holm, Kevin Iega Jeff, Milton Myers, Erika Randall, and Fred Benjamin among many others. Jennifer has also performed throughout the midwest with: Duarte Danceworks, aTrek dance collective, Webster Dance Theatre, Dance St. Louis/Contemporary Moves, the Union Avenue Opera Theatre, Modern Night at the Folly, The Slaughter Project, and the Shoji Tabuchi Show.

As a choreographer, her work has been produced/commissioned by: Missouri Contemporary Ballet, Arova Contemporary Ballet, Wylliams Henry Contemporary Dance Company, St. Louis Dance Festival, The Virginia School of the Arts, Washington University in St. Louis, “The Yard” at Martha’s Vineyard, UMKC, UMSL, Webster University, Union Avenue Opera Theater, and many other student companies and schools throughout the U.S. Jennifer has been full time faculty at institutions such as UMKC and Webster University, and has worked as a guest artist throughout the country in Universities and with professional organizations such as Washington University in St. Louis, Ball State University, The Kansas City Ballet School, GAAPHERD, Regional Dance America (SERBA) the Glenda Brown Choreography Project, American College Dance Festival, Virginia School of the Arts, among others. Musical collaborations in choreography include artists such as Jazz Legend Bobby Watson, and electronic music composer Jacob Gotlib. Jennifer is currently teaching at Dance Project Saint Louis. She attended the CORPS de Ballet International Teacher’s Conference in Pittsburgh in June 2014.