Bio

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.

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4 thoughts on “Bio

  1. I’m a Dance Education Major at BYU right now. I’ve always known I stand on the shoulders of amazing artists. I’m happy to read about one of them! Thanks for your hard work at BYU, I’ve probably taken classes or been a part of organization and programs you helped write curriculum for or worked hard to keep polished and professional. So thank you!

    • Hi Heather,

      Thanks for your thoughtful comments. I’m happy to hear that you are enjoying the Dance Education program! We need artists who are interested in education and BYU is one of the best programs in the world to get it. My experience there has helped me have a strong base from which other creative endeavors have developed. Keep up the good work!

  2. Hi Kristen,

    I just popped into your blog. I am amazed by your rich experiences in world travelling so far. You have also taught English in China for half year? What part of China did you go? And thanks for the class. I really enjoyed your teaching and dancing with the classmates. Hope we can keep in touch later.

    • Hi Will,

      Thanks for checking out my blog. I taught English in Wuhan about thirty minutes outside of the city center. I loved my experience there – I was able to travel to Xian, Beijing, Yangshou, and Shanghai, as well as Hong Kong. I am anxious to return sometime soon. It was great to have you in my class and I hope you keep dancing!

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