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Jenna Pollack is a collaborative choreographer, performer, educator and administrator committed to facilitating ethical and equitable spaces. She is one of the Boston Center for the Arts' Dancemakers Residents for the 2020-21 season alongside Victoria Awkward/VLA Dance, and was a 2020 finalist for the Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship for Choreography. She was awarded the 2020 Boston Schonberg Fellowship at Dance The Yard and has received grants from the New England Foundation for the Arts, The City of Boston, and Assets for Artists at MASS MoCA.
For the 2019-20 season she has been commissioned by the Olin College of Engineering, New Movement Collaborative, Hubbard Street Professional Program, The Reciprocity Collaborative, and Endicott College. This summer she will be traveling to Colombia as an Arts Envoy with the State Department. She has choreographed for Bridge Repertory Theater, InDance Barcelona, Theater Felina-Areal Mannheim, Urbanity Dance, Boston Moving Arts Productions, Brandeis University Theater Department, Salem State University Theater Department, Providence College Dance Department, and in NYC focused on immersive performance with The Center for Innovation in the Arts at Juilliard and Dau al Set Productions. Additionally, she was the Dramaturge and Rehearsal Director for The Davis Sisters' 2018-2019 season.
She is a performer with Ali Kenner Brodsky, Betsy Miller, and Heather Stewart. She has previously danced for Bridge Repertory Theater, Scottish Dance Theatre, The Metropolitan Opera, American Repertory Theater, Bryan Arias, Equus Projects, and BOP Montréal. Beyond the stage, she is a Principal Dancer in the 2019 feature film 'Little Women' directed by Greta Gerwig, was in a music video for Arcade Fire's Will Butler, featured in Pantone's 'Make it Brilliant' ad campaign, a highlighted Harvard Business School Online alumnus, and guested on the Playbill podcast: The Compass.
Jenna holds an M.A. with Distinction in Choreography from the Institute of the Arts Barcelona, a Certificate with Honors from Harvard Business School Online’s CORe program, and a B.F.A. in Dance Performance from The Juilliard School. Additionally, she works in Public and Artist Relations for Springboard Danse Montréal, is a Dance Fellow at the Institute of Contemporary Arts Boston, and assists in marketing for The Lion's Jaw Festival. She teaches locally at The Boston Ballet School, Salem State University, and Urbanity Dance. She has worked as a dance educator for Lincoln Center Education, The New York City Department of Education, Together in Dance, Children’s Musical Theater Camp in Shenzhen, China, and Co-Directed The Arusha Arts Initiative in East Africa.