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Department of Theatre and Dance

Jennifer Deckert

Associate Professor, Advanced Ballet - Pointe Technique - Dance History - Modern Technique

B.F.A. University of Utah
M.F.A. University of Utah

Jennifer Deckert is a native of St. Louis, Missouri where she began her training with Alexandra Zaharias. She received a BFA in ballet performance from University of Utah, performing with Character Dance Ensemble, Eastern Arts Ensemble, and Utah Ballet. Jennifer continued to perform for Utah Ballet as she received her MFA in ballet teaching, choreography, and research.

She was then invited to join Roxey Ballet, under the direction of Mark Roxey. During her performance career she performed such leads as Myrtha in Giselle, Dew Drop and Snow Queen in The Nutcracker, Prelude in Les Sylphides, Titania in A Midsummer Nights Dream, and the principle role in Paquita. As her performance horizons broadened she was invited to perform in Charles Weidman’s The Unicorn in the Garden and was coached by modern dance pioneer Mary Anthony herself. In 2014, she choreographed and performed in the evening length duet, Kiss Romeo Bang! Juliet, created in collaboration with Czech physical theatre director Petr Hudecek and co-choreographer André Megerdichian, presented at the Alta Theatre in Prague, Czech Republic.

Other choreographic credits include Nutcracker, A Midsummer Nights Dream, A Chorus Line, Cinderella, and original contemporary works Fire & Ice, A Perfect Thorn, Song Bird, Footfalls Echo, and Through the Line among others. In 2015 she was invited to present work at the 3rd Beijing International Ballet and Choreography Competition in Beijing, China. Most recently Jennifer choreographed a full-length Dracula working in collaboration with composer Sean Stone, and dramaturg Patrick Konesko.  

Jennifer is also co-director of the BFA in Dance Science program at the University of Wyoming – one of only a few in the country. She is an active member of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) and the Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA), where she has given multiple presentations at annual, international, and regional conferences. Her research interests include dynamic alignment, the effects of fatigue, and the integration of wellness based training into the classroom and University environment. 

Jennifer is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Wyoming, where she teaches advanced ballet and pointe technique, dance kinesiology, yoga, dance history, and modern dance technique.

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