Jennifer Archibald is the founder and Artistic Director of the Arch Dance Company and Archcore40 Summer Program. She is a graduate of The Ailey School and the Maggie Flanigan Acting Conservatory, where she studied the Meisner technique. Ms. Archibald has choreographed for the Atlanta Ballet, Ailey 2, Cincinnati Ballet, and, commercially, for NBA New York Knicks City Dancers. She has also worked with actors and best-selling singers. Her 2016 commissions are for Cincinnati Ballet, Ballet Memphis, and Kansas City Ballet. Ms. Archibald’s works have been performed at many venues including, New York’s City Center, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, Aaron Davis Hall, and Jacob’s Pillow Inside|Out Stage. Ms. Archibald was a participant in Ailey’s 2013 New Directions Choreography Lab. Jennifer is one of four choreographers selected as a choreographic Fellow for Ailey’s New Directions Choreography Lab under the direction of Robert Battle. She is also the choreographer for Seven, a biographical work of Olympic athlete Jackie Joyner Kersee, commissioned by St. Louis based MADCO dance company. She has staged various off-Broadway shows and choreographed for the musicals Carousel, Pippin, The Music Man, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, for professional theater companies. Currently, she is a faculty member at Steps on Broadway, Broadway Dance Center, Gibney Dance, CAP21 America’s Musical Theatre Conservatory, and a resident artist and lecturer at various institutions across the U.S. Ms. Archibald is a lecturer for Hip Hop Dance and culture for Columbia University’s Barnard College Dance Department in NYC and will be on at the Yale School of Drama this fall. Internationally she has taught in China, Ecuador, Brazil, Sweden, Russia, Slovenia, and Canada. This year Rhode Island College, Howard University, Fordham Ailey, and Balettakademien will present Ms. Archibald’s work for their artist-in-residence programs.
Hip-Hop Dance and Culture