• Dance

  • Jennifer Bolt

  • Course Director

E jbolt@yorku.ca

EDUCATION

BA Hons. (Waterloo), NBS TTP (AISTD), MA (York)

BIOGRAPHY

Jennifer Bolt is a dance artist, teacher and writer with research interests in the areas of feminism and critical pedagogy, higher education transition, student engagement and the Fine Arts student experience. She has trained extensively in ballet, modern and contemporary dance in Canada, United States, Britain and France. Jennifer holds, with academic distinction, a Joint Honours Bachelor of Applied Health Science Degree from the University of Waterloo and Canada’s National Ballet School’s Teacher Training Program with two Associate teaching certifications from the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (AISTD). She also holds a Master’s Degree in Dance from York University with a research focus on dance and perfectionism.

Noted in the Toronto dance community for her passionate and detailed teaching style, demand for Jennifer’s teaching expertise has granted her work with Canada’s National Ballet School, the National Ballet of Canada, George Brown College/Ballet Jörgen, Randolph Academy for the Arts and numerous private dance studios throughout the GTA.

As a performer, her powerful stage presence, clean technique and tireless work ethic have afforded opportunities to work with many notable and award winning ballet and contemporary choreographers. As a charter member of Blue Ceiling Dance led by independent dance artist Lucy Rupert, Jennifer performed original roles in the Tropic of Cancer, Smokefall, Pru and 11x forgetting. In 2008, she made her choreographic debut with a work entitled Without a Word commissioned by the York University Dance Ensemble.

A faculty member of York University’s Department of Dance since 2001, Jennifer has taught all levels of ballet technique,  and modern technique for the Dance Experience and Introduction to Studio Series.  As a lecturer, she has course directed The Dance Experience, Dance History courses and guest lectured for Ph.D. programmes for both Dance and the Faculty of Education.  In 2012, Jennifer took a one-year leave from the Dance to research, write and teach within the Faculty of Education and Teaching Commons at York. In that year she was awarded one of ten, Faculty of Graduate Studies appointed Teaching Commons Tutor (TCT) positions. As a TCT, Jennifer had the opportunity become a charter member of the Senior Teaching Assistant Program (STA). In this role, she also mentored groups of graduate TA’s; contributed to the development and delivery of TA workshops; presented her doctoral research on Fine Arts Student transition at the First Annual Symposium on Teaching for Graduate Studies; and became one of the first graduate students to receive the internationally recognized SEDA accreditation for teaching in higher education at York.

A three-time Ontario Graduate Student scholarship winner and doctoral research candidate with the Faculty of Education, Jennifer is in the final stages of completing her dissertation entitled Embodying the University Dance Transition Experience: A Feminist Critical Ethnography. She presented preliminary findings of this study in the summer of 2013 at the Annual CORPS de Ballet Conference held at the Centre Nationale de la Danse in Paris, France.

Areas of Academic Speciality: Ballet Technique; Studio; Dance Education

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