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Jenna Del Monte

jd272@buffalo.edu

  • MFA, Florida State University
  • BA, SUNY Potsdam

Jenna Del Monte is an educator, choreographer and performance artist.  She holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Dance (Performance and Choreography) from Florida State University’s School of Dance, and a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from State University of New York at Potsdam.  She is certified instructor in the Cecchetti method of ballet for Grade One and Two, and holds a Pilates certification from Body One Studios.   While furthering her studies in New York, she trained heavily in the Jose Limon and Paul Taylor studios.

Jenna has performed professionally with Geomantics Dance Theater, Melanie Aceto Contemporary Dance, Habit Dance Project, Buffalo Contemporary Dance Company, Biggs and CO, Dance Repertory Theatre, as well as worked closely with notable choreographers: Dan Wagoner, Michael Foley, Taye Diggs, Lynda Davis, Gerri Houlihan, Tim Glenn, Jawole Zollar, and others. She is Artistic Director and founder of the K.U.M.P Dance Collective, which is based in New York City and serves to assist pre-professional dancers entering the NYC dance scene, while consistently developing new works.  Her choreography has been shown nationally and she has been commissioned to set pieces and teach master classes in several college dance programs across the country.  Among creating choreography for the proscenium theater, Jenna also creates dance on film, serving all roles of choreographer, videographer and editor.

Jenna is dedicated to curriculum development and has introduced a variety of new courses to the programs she has previously worked for including, dance on camera, composition for museum studies, and an internship in the art of teaching ballet.  Previously, she developed and implemented the dance curriculum for Arts Integrated High School, Oracle Charter School in Buffalo, NY.  She has choreographed for several Musicals, including “Quilters” and “Eurydice” and has served as producer and director for student-choreographed concerts.  Most recently, Jenna choreographed a forty-five minute site specific work for the Indeterminacy Festival in Buffalo’s silo city.  Using dance as a medium for healing, she leads movement classes designed specifically for women who have endured physical and emotionally abusive relationships.  Jenna is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor of Dance at the University at Buffalo, specializing in teaching courses in Modern, Ballet, Choreography and Musical Theatre Dance.