Jennie Creer-King

Adjunct Professor

Jennie Creer-King has spent the last 20 years teaching classical ballet in both University and Professional  settings.  Integrating historic classical foundations with innovative teaching tools.  Her professional career with Ballet West and Oregon Ballet Theatre ignited a love for both the classics and contemporary works in a broad range performance experience.  Jennie graduated from the University of Utah Fine Arts Department with a BFA in Ballet Performance and an MFA in Teaching Pedagogy and Choreography.  She was an Assistant Professor of Dance at Brigham Young University and Artistic Director of BYU Theatre Ballet.  During her time at BYU she re-staged classical repertoire, and created 11 world premieres.  Her Story book Ballet “Goldilocks Adventure” was televised internationally and toured across the midwest reaching over 11,000 students in outreach performances.  In 2004-2014 she established Classical Ballet Academy developing a well rounded syllabus and growing her studio to 300 dancers and a staff of 7 instructors.  She choreographed three full length ballets including The Nutcracker, Hansel and Gretel, and The Snow Maiden. In 2009 she established Provo Civic Ballet a pre-professional Ballet Company developing professional dancers contracted nationally and internationally in both classical and contemporary companies.  During this time she was awarded “Best of State” in choreography and Children’s Performance Group by Governor Leavett, and The Youth American Grand Prix “Best School” award.  She was awarded “Presidential Teacher Recognition Awarded” in 2005 with artist Garrett Smith in Washington D.C. from President George Bush.  In 2005 Jennie was awarded the title of Mrs. Utah, United States.  She implemented the platform “Enriching the Lives of Children Through the Fine Arts” reaching over 5,000 elementary age students in Utah.  In 2014 Jennie was invited to be the principal of the Barbara Barrington Jones Ballet West Academy at Thanksgiving Point.  She grew the studio to over 600 students with both a 10 months pre-professional curriculum and a national summer program.  Jennie currently is on staff at the University of Utah, Department of Dance teaching in the Ballet Division, and enjoying the opportunity teaching aspiring young artists across Utah.  She is a fitness instructor at Brick Canvas teaching Hot Pilates and Barre classes and recently became a certified spin instructor.

It is not my place to transform students into my personal aesthetic; rather to guide and inspire them to discover their own stories and harness the magic they have within.  As artist we have the unique ability to captivate our audience, transport them out of their everyday, and be a part of once in a lifetime moments.  In assisting the transition from student to professional—dancer to artist I emphasize a more holistic and integrated training focused on learning from every genre, personal experience, and network we create.”

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