Over the past decade, Canadian born choreographer Jennifer Archibald has punctiliously plotted the course of her career and has become the first Black female resident choreographer of a ballet company with Cincinnati Ballet. Her hard work has led her everywhere from center court at Madison Square Garden to the proscenium stages of the Kennedy Center. Theresa Ruth Howard spoke with Jennifer on behalf of ICONS about her inspiration and her wisdom gained in the field.
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- Teresa D. - By studying those who came before us in the field but also through our own experimentation and practical application of it. Growing through the process by trying, reviewing feedback, improving and trying again.
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