Kristen Jeppsen Groves, choreographer, dancer, and educator, received an M.F.A. in choreography from the Ohio State University and a B.A. in Dance Education from Brigham Young University. As a choreographer, Jeppsen Groves’ work is physically challenging and complex and focuses on socially relevant, political themes. She has presented her choreographic works along with teaching residencies in Ohio, Utah, Las Vegas, New York, New Mexico, and recently abroad in Senegal, Mail, and Morocco. Her work, The People’s Evolution, received the Phi Kappa Phi artist award in 2008.
As a dancer, Jeppsen Groves has performed in works by Bebe Miller, Susan Hadley, Baker & Tarpaga Dance Project, and PropelHer Dance Collective, Marilyn Berrett, and Pat Debenham. As a former member of the Baker-Tarpaga Dance project, Groves worked as research collaborator for Shifting Traces Dance Project with OSU faculty member, Esther Baker-Tarpaga. In 2010, they toured a collaborative work in various venues throughout West Africa with funding from the BETHA grant award.
Groves has taught dance for ten years in collegiate dance programs, most recently at the Ohio State University and Brigham Young University, as well as K-12 programs, and private dance studios. She received OSU’s prestigious Teaching Award in 2010 and was awarded outstanding teacher at Brigham Young University. She is co-founder and co-director of Artist, Interrupted, a women’s art collective, which organizes workshops and performances in Washington D.C., Ohio, and Utah. Currently, she is working as an independent dance artist and choreographer in Vicenza, Italy.