Jennifer Jackson appointed Artistic Director of Images of Dance
London Studio Centre is delighted to announce the appointment of Jennifer Jackson as the new Artistic Director of Images of Dance, LSC’s performing company for third years specialising in classical ballet.
Jennifer’s appointment marks a relaunch of the company, which was formed in 1991 under the Artistic Directorship of Margaret Barbieri and the guidance of Dame Alicia Markova, to provide classical ballet students with invaluable performing and touring experience, and to bring diverse programmes of work to new and younger audiences across the country. Images of Dance has previously performed classical repertoire and new choreography, premiering work by choreographers including Matthew Bourne, Christopher Wheeldon, Mark Baldwin, Adam Cooper, Wayne Sleep and William Tuckett, as well as Jennifer Jackson.
Jennifer’s impressive career has spanned performing, choreographing and teaching. A former soloist with the Royal Ballet and the London City Ballet, she danced principal roles in Swan Lake, Manon, Sleeping Beauty, La Fille Mal Gardée, Giselle, Coppèlia, Elite Syncopations and Petroushka, touring nationally and internationally as well as performing at the Royal Opera House, Sadler’s Wells and other major London venues. She has also choreographed for a wide range of companies and institutions, including the Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, many fringe theatre productions, research projects and vocational schools.
Beyond performing and choreographing, Jennifer has forged a very successful academic career. From 1998 to 2015 she was a Lecturer in Dance Studies at University of Surrey; she also writes for publications including Dancing Times and Research in Dance Education, teaches choreography at the Royal Ballet School and has led workshops and presented papers all over the world. Jennifer’s choreography for mature dancers has included ‘Dancing The Invisible’; other choreography includes ‘Time Chant’ and ‘Other Diamonds’ for the ENB Department of Learning, and ‘Retrieving the Sylph’ for Counterpointe, a platform for female choreographers led by LSC’s Head of Choreography Julia Gleich.
Director of London Studio Centre, Nic Espinosa said: “We are delighted that Jennifer is joining the London Studio Centre faculty as the Artistic Director of Images of Dance. Her combined experience in performing, choreography, teaching and research will bring a unique range of experience to the role, and provide our students with an invaluable year of training in their classical ballet professional option. This is a fantastic opportunity to build on the existing success of Images of Dance and develop exciting new choreographic challenges for the modern-day classical dancer”.
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