Jen Graham, MFA CMA RSME/T is a movement educator and artist who creates inclusive and exploratory spaces to instigate shifts in awareness, perspective, and pattern through embodied experiences. Using innovative and sometimes unconventional approaches, she promotes curiosity, investigation, connection, and understanding.
Graham 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.
Graham 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 has also created and directed interdisciplinary programs for graduate students in the areas of Embodied Leadership and Communication in partnership with the Neuro and Cognitive Science Program at The University of Maryland and has contributed to developing related curriculum for The Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies.
Graham 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, 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, and COVID nursing units and support staff.
For thirteen years Graham 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. In 2019 Graham passed on her leadership roles, but continues to teach at the school regularly, and graduates of Project C’s programs continue to forge successful professional careers within the field of dance.
Additionally, Graham 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, Graham currently serves as the President of the Maryland Council for Dance.
Graham’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.