JENNIFER ARCHIBALD founder and Artistic Director of the Arch Dance Company and Program Director of ArchCore40 dance intensives is at the forefront of today’s dance generation of choreographers and dance educators. Having graduated from the Alvin Ailey School and the Maggie Flanigan Acting Conservatory where she specialized in the Meisner technique, she draws on a variety of techniques, experience and styles.
Most recently her work has been commissioned by Ailey II, Atlanta Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, MADCO, Joffrey Ballet School, and the Ailey Fordham Program. Her works have been performed in some of the country’s most prominent venues including New York’s City Center, Lincoln Center, Aaron Davis Hall, Jacob’s Pillow Inside Out Stage and John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The international portion of Ailey II’s 31-city world tour premiered Jennifer’s work “Wings” in Poland, Germany, Luxembourg, France, and Canada in 2014.
In 2013, Jennifer was awarded a Choreographic Fellows for Ailey’s New Directions Choreography Lab under the direction of Robert Battle. She was selected as the Artist in Focus for The Jamaica Performing Arts Center and is a recipient of the “Talk of The Arts” Award from the University of South Florida.
She has presented Arch Dance Company nationally having been awarded two National Performance Network grants; and by special invitation to notable dance festivals country wide.
Jennifer has staged off-Broadway shows and has choreographed professional theater company musicals. She has worked with chart-listed musicians and actors as a movement specialist and choreographer.
She is currently on faculty at STEPS on Broadway, Broadway Dance Centre, Ailey Extension, Gibney Dance and CAP 21 America’s Musical Theatre Conservatory in New York City. She has been on faculty at the Bates Dance Festival, Broadway Theater Project and Florida Dance Festival, Complexions, Dallas Black Dance Theatre and Howard University Intensives.
Jennifer has completed guest artist residencies and lectures at several secondary and post-secondary institutions in the US and abroad including: Princeton University, University of South Florida, University of Illinois, Virginia Commonwealth University, Goucher College, FAMU, Ailey/Fordham, East Carolina University, and Columbia Dance Chicago. Internationally, she has taught master classes in Brazil, Bermuda, Canada, Slovenia, Sweden, France, Russia, Mexico, China, and Ecuador.