Jodi Leigh Allen

Associate Professor

"I teach Movement for Musicians. I start off just like a dance class, with some running in place and jumping jacks, and they're learning all the traditional terms: pliés, tendus, etc. But we also do a lot of stretching of the hamstrings, a lot of alignment work."

"The students are just very tight. I think musicians are always surrounding their instruments or doing something over and over again, so injuries start happening. It blows my mind how tight they are in their structures. We're just finding some sort of release of the tension right now."

"We did a whole bunch on how to warm up before a show, even if it's just taking five minutes for yourself and doing a breathing exercise, getting the nerves down. I'm hoping that they'll carry on that tradition."

"Breaking it down, we're going back to the basics for the body: Where does the strength come from? How do you hold yourself up? How do you present yourself on stage? In the music industry nowadays, they're triple threats. You have actors becoming musicians, dancers becoming directors—it's all a melting pot of artistry."

Career Highlights

 

  • B.F.A., dance performance, Shenandoah University
  • M.F.A., dance and choreography, University of Michigan Ann Arbor
  • Performed in Julie Taymor's Die Zauberflote and Romeo et Juliette at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York
  • Featured dancer in several revue shows at the Occidental Grand Resort in Aruba and the Regent Seven Seas Voyager
  • Movement Coordinator, ART/MXAT Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University