On this episode of DLEW, I talk with Jennifer Golonka of Luminary Dance Project and Arts Connection.
Dance and art can teach a person so many valuable lessons. From working hard to taking corrections to even mastering the English language, Jennifer has discovered that the scope of what a person can learn by working like an artist is nearly infinite.
Jennifer Golonka is a Buffalo NY native and longtime NYC resident. She has danced with the Jessica Lang Project, Hannah Kahn Dance Company, Third Law Dance/Theater and Thang Dao Dance Company. She has performed with Battleworks Dance Company, Take Dance Company, Camille A. Brown and Dancers, Peter Chu’s CHU This, Darrell Grand Moultrie and Nicholas Villeneuve. Jennifer trained at the Martha Graham School for Contemporary Dance and the Limon Institute.
Jennifer Golonka was on faculty at Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp for 13 years, ending her tenure as Director of Dance. Jennifer has taught and created works at many dance studios and high school for the performing arts around the country and the University of Colorado at Boulder, University at Buffalo, Stony Brook University, the symphony Strings on Mountain, Cincinnati Ballet Summer Intensive, as a guest choreographer for the Pacific Arts Dance Center’s The Nutcracker and the White Wave Dance Festival in Brooklyn, NY.
She is a Teaching Artist at Arts Connection and was featured in the January 2014 issue of Dance Teacher Magazine for her work on the DELLTA program, (Developing English Language Literacy Through the Arts). Jennifer recently created a Dance For Camera course for 8th grade students, designed to help them hone their inner artist, while building language and collaborative skills. Jennifer was honored to receive the 2015 Janklow Award, naming her Teaching Artist of the year.
Her choreography and movement direction have been featured in many plays and musicals including original works Sunny Good Enough written by Jonathon Farmer and Nature of Captivity by Matthew Paul Olmos (Mabou Mines, NYC). Both have recently been published. Jennifer was Co-Director/Choreographer of The Threshold Project with KC Chun-Manning in Denver Colorado and Co-Director/Choreographer of Nimbus Dance with Beth Elkins-Wales and Brad Wales in Buffalo NY. Both companies explored the relationship between current events, site-specific work and multi-media collaboration.
In 2013 Jennifer founded the Luminary Dance Project, a workshop designed to provide dancers with a comprehensive artistic education while honing their technique. These workshops happen throughout the year, across the county, at various dance centers and universities.
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