Erin Hunter Jennings always loved music, jumping and flying through air as a child, which drew her to singing, piano, flute, gymnastics, and dancing (most often in the family basement with her two sisters). She continued through college at Bucknell University before returning to her home state of Maryland. After being cast and playing Val in a NY/Baltimore production of A Chorus Line, Erin made her own move to the “Big Apple” where she continued dance studies at studios, NYU and as an ensemble member on scholarship at Steps. Since then, Erin has performed in many dance, theater and film productions in NYC and throughout the US and Europe, performing such roles as Kristine in the tour of A Chorus Line, Graziella in West Side Story at Teatro ala Scala, & Louise in Westchester Broadway’s Carousel. She performed with companies: Pilobolus, and those led by Olsi Gjeci (Sublime) Germaul Barnes (ViewsicEx), Erica Essner, Gaspard Louis & for many years with Caron Eule(CEule Dance) and Shadowbox Theatre. Her choreography, presented on various stages and venues, has been noted in the NYTimes.
Currently, Erin is dancing with the Erick Hawkins Dance Company and co-directs the Hudson Valley based Putnam County Dance project, company in residence at Arts on the Lake in Kent, NY. Movement and its ability to create connection continues to inspire Erin in teaching dance and yoga, in choreography, and contact improvisation. Erin is a member of the Actor’s Equity Association and a graduate of Bucknell (B.A. Psychology) and New York Universities (MA Dance/Ed). She lives in the Hudson Valley with her husband, two children, schnoodle and kitty. Favorite roles and shows performed include: A Chorus Line (Kristine and Val), West Side Story (Graziella), Carousel (Louise), Bye Bye Birdie (Kim), Oklahoma (Dream Laurey), My Fair Lady, Cabaret, The Who’s Tommy, Jesus Christ Superstar, Seven Brides.., Kismet Princess of Ababu) , South Pacific, 42nd street (Phyllis) and Grease.
This class will guide dancers through structured movement experiences with emphasis on quality and ways of dancing in contact. Movement exploration along with improvisations and playful collaboration will allow students to discover their own embodied movement while connecting to others.