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JENNIFER LEAKE

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Jennifer Leake's resume…the short version

Jennifer Leake, born in Sydney, Australia, began her dancing career at the Australian Ballet School, followed by guest appearances with the Australian Ballet. In 1985, Jennifer left her homeland for Germany, where she spent the next eight years dancing classical and contemporary works by choreographers such as Uwe Scholz (now in Leipzig) and Youri Vamos (currently in Duesseldorf) in State Ballet Companies in Bonn and Hannover.

In 1994, Jennifer completed a degree in Dance Teaching at the Cologne Conservatorium of Music/Ballet Academy (Musikhochschule Koeln). After teaching students and professionals in Germany and Australia, Jennifer completed a Graduate Diploma in Choreography at the Victorian College of the Arts/Melbourne University.

While still in Europe (1994), Jennifer was a member of the team that hosted the first European Dance in Education Conference, an event funded by the European Union. From 1996, she continued in marketing/event management roles for arts and corporate organizations in Sydney.

Eager to visit New York, the cultural hub she had spent most of her dancing career "in awe" of, Jennifer moved there in 1998. She has since devoted much of her time to writing about dance and has published articles in Ballet International/Aktuell Tanz (Berlin), the Village Voice (New York City), the Dance Critics Association Newsletter (Philadelphia), Dance Australia, Pointe, Dance Spirit, Stagebill and other publications.

Jennifer is currently the Special Projects Editor for Dance Australia magazine.

 


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