FOUNDING DIRECTOR, DIRECTOR OF HATCHERY
Jen Polins, SCDT’s Founding Director, is a curator, mobilizer, movement practitioner, and performance maker who has worked at the intersection of somatics, performance, and contemporary dance techniques for over twenty-five years. She holds an MFA in Dance from Hollins University/The American Dance Festival and is a 2014 MCC choreographic fellow. Jen has danced professionally in America and Europe, starting with the Joffrey, Milwaukee, and Zurich Operahouse ballet companies before embarking on a professional career in performance art and co-founding Wire Monkey Dance, with over twenty productions across America, Europe, and Asia. She specializes in rigorous improvisational practices and has worked closely with many mentors, most notably Nancy Stark Smith, Steve Paxton, and Lisa Nelson. More recently she has collaborated with Maurice Fraga, Joy Davis, Jen Nugent, Stephanie Maher, Peter Schmitz, Sarah Shelton Mann, Paul Matteson, and James Morrow. Jen is certified in Pilates, Gyrotonic, Gyrokinesis, yoga, and massage, and is guest lecturer in the Five College Dance Department, currently teaching at Amherst College. With SCDT, she maintains close collaborative relationships with the Northampton Arts Trust as the program assistant of A.P.E. @ Hawley St , San Francisco’s La Alternativa, and Boston’s New Movement Collaborative and Ponderosa TanzLand Festival. She lives in Northampton.