Dean College dance students with Jay T Jenkins '77

As part of our performing arts programs, students have the exciting opportunity to work with renowned guest artists and participate in master classes to learn from professionals in the industry. The latest artist to hold a mini-residency on campus is Jay T Jenkins ’77, recognized around the world as the versatile creator of the “JAZZ FUNK” style. His vast experience includes choreography for feature films, industrials, music videos and recording artists’ concert tours. Jenkins has worked with Prince, Salt N’ Pepa, Kool Moe Dee, Cyndi Lauper, Jennifer Lopez, Color Me Badd and many others.

Jenkins shared his in-depth knowledge of classic jazz and musical theatre with students in the School of the Arts and Joan Phelps Palladino School of Dance in multiple master classes. As a choreographer for this year’s Dance Company, he also held rehearsals for the piece during his time on campus. Jenkins’ work, along with many others from our award-winning faculty and guest choreographers, can be seen in this spring’s production of Dance Company, which will be held from April 27-30, 2023. Tickets for the production are available through the Dean College Box Office.

Thank you for sharing your knowledge and expertise with our students, Jay T Jenkins!

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