Jen Graham is a movement analyst, dance artist, and educator with a commitment to creating inclusive spaces through innovative and sometimes unconventional approaches. Believing that movement experience and conscious embodiment is the key to developing a strong sense of personal identity, connection with others, and holistic world-view, she embraces experimentation, investigation, and collaboration to cultivate personal agency, creative choice-making, expression, and depth of theoretical understanding. Her dances play in the space that lives between narrative and abstraction – deeply rooted in the intersection of Improvisational, Modern, and Rhythm Jazz Dance Techniques, guided by the clarity and sensibility of the Laban/Bartenieff Movement System – stirring the inner impulses of the human experience.
Graham holds both a Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts Degree in Dance Choreography and Performance from the University of Maryland, as well as her Certification as a Movement Analyst from the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies in Brooklyn, NY. She is currently on faculty at the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University and Howard Community College. Additionally, she is the Founding Director of Project C Studios, a private dance school and performance space located in Westminster, MD serving the preK-12, higher education, and professional dance communities, where she continues to teach weekly and master classes. Graham has lectured, taught, presented work, and performed extensively along the east coast for over 15 years; including concert, commercial, and theatrical work for regional festivals, area high schools, private dance studios, community theatre groups, and higher educational institutions such as The Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, The American College Dance Association, Carroll and Howard Community Colleges, The University of Maryland, Skidmore College, and The State University of New York New Paltz. Additionally, she has worked and performed in other professional arenas such as the MetLife Stadium (broadcast on CBS), the New 42nd Street Studios in Manhattan, NY, The Harvey School in Katonah, NY, Joe’s Movement Emporium and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, among others.
In addition to her work as a teaching artist, Graham also works privately with clients in the areas of somatic movement repatterning and performance coaching for both functional and expressive movement, as well as offering leadership and non-verbal communication training for a variety of populations. Most recently she partnered with the Neuro and Cognitive Science Department at the University of Maryland to create the DeLeComm (Developing Leadership Communication) Program for Graduate and PhD Students entering the workforce. Graham currently serves as President of The Maryland Council for Dance and has also served in notable positions on the board of Capitol Region Educators of Dance Organization as well as within the University of Maryland School of Theatre, Dance, & Performance Studies. She actively continues to share and develop her philosophy and artistic perspective independently and in public and private institutions, schools, and arts organizations as a body-worker, choreographer, guest artist, lecturer, and presenter.