Faculty

JENNIFER E. BLANKENSHIP

                                                             is a native of Kane, PA and an alumna of April School of Dance.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in dance from Slippery Rock University and a Masters of Fine Arts degree in dance from Texas Woman's University near Dallas.  Before returning to ASOD, Jennifer lived and worked in New York City as a dance artist dancing professionally as a tap dancer in Undertoe Dance Project, an arts administrator for Jill Sigman/Thinkdance, and dance teacher at various studios and educational outlets in and around the city.  Jennifer's interests lie in the choreographic process and dance education.  She is proud to direct the school's competitive company, DDCC.  The company has earned many top score awards and Blankenship's choreography has been highly recognized at various competitions.  In 2015, the company won the Standing Ovation Championship with their contemporary piece, “I See Fire,” at Encore DCS Grand Finals in Hershey, PA. She has also been the recipient of the Marjorie Perry Spirit Award for her contribution to dance. Jennifer loves working with her sister, faculty member Chelle Blankenship, in choreography and class projects. She also enjoys visiting others studios and college dance programs as a guest artist and teacher. Jennifer is thrilled to be movin' and groovin' with the students of ASOD and DDCC!

CHELLE BLANKENSHIP

                                                  ,a former student of April School of Dance, is excited to be back with her original dance family. Chelle completed her BA in dance from Slippery Rock University in 2012. While attending SRU, Chelle performed in all Slippery Rock University Dance Theatre Concerts, senior synthesis concerts, as well as three Faculty and Guest Artist concerts. Her choreography “Thumpity Thump Thump Twitter Twitter Thump Thump” was presented in the 2010 Jazz/Tap ensemble show, “Like Birds They Met” in the 2011 Fall Concert, and “Put___ whole self ___” in the 2012 Senior Synthesis concert. She has had the honor of working with Natalie Desch during two residencies of the Doug Varone and Dancers’ Company, when she learned and performed the Doug Varone pieces “Tomorrow” and “Of the Earth Far Below.” Additionally she worked with Billy Siegenfeld and the Jump Rhythm Jazz Project, performing his piece, “Getting There.” Chelle has also worked and performed with guest faculty Kristin Hapke. Upon graduation

in 2012, Chelle had the honor of receiving “The Outstanding Dance Teacher Award” amongst all senior dance majors given to her by SRU dance department faculty.

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