GRADUATE STUDENT PROFILES
Jennifer Kayle, 1999
"Thank you for insisting that I read The Seamless Web, thank you for teaching fall and recovery at the barre where I definitely "fell" quite a bit, thanks to Susan and Rodger and Dr. Watkins for team-teaching anatomy -- perhaps it also takes a village to reveal the dancing body, thank you to Yvonne Daniel for treating me like a doctoral candidate in my writing, thank you for including authentic movement in the choreography curriculum, thank you to my peers in the class of '99 for being so interesting and productive, thanks to Five College dance faculty for giving me so many opportunities to teach, travel and perform, thank you for introducing me to Kathy Couch whose technical and design work still contributes to my ongoing professional work, and thanks to Smith for the teaching fellowship that supported my degree. I believe that all of these gifts have contributed to my survival in dance."
Jennifer Kayle is currently Assistant Professor at the University of Iowa, Associate Director of the Graduate Program, and an independent choreographer, dancer, and improvisational artist. In 2010, Jennifer co-created "Virtually Yours," an evening-length meditation on the poetry and politics of crossing the border, presented at Highways Performance Space, Los Angeles, and The Centro Leon in Santiago, Dominican Republic. Her work has been produced at Symphony Space, New York, NY, The Body/Word International Festival in St. Petersburg Russia, Joyce SoHo in New York City, Jacob's Pillow's "Inside/Out," the Minnesota Fringe Festival, Big Range Dance Festival, The Dostoevsky Museum Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia, and ACDF regional and national Gala Concerts. Teaching adventures include Bates Dance Festival/Young Dancers Workshop the "Body/Word, Building the Dance," professional intensive in St. Petersburg, Russia, "Site Specific Somatics," Helsinki Finland, and co-teaching "Feeling into Form," with Lisa Gonzales at Links Hall, Chicago. As a founding member of The Architects, Jennifer co-teaches MICI: Movement Intensive in Compositional Improvisation.