Jennie Pitts Knipe is a movement educator, choreographer, and performer, who has taught dance and yoga classes throughout the western states and abroad for over two decades. She earned her MFA in Dance from the University of Colorado, her BA in Dance & English Literature from the University of Oregon, and completed her yoga instructor training at the Shambhava Yoga Konalani Ashram. Based in the Reno/Tahoe region, she passionately applies her skills as a teacher and dance maker to help others CONNECT . . . with their own bodies, with one another, with the environment, and with their limitless capacity to express and evolve from the heart.
Jennie is inspired by how humans relate to one another through movement and is constantly looking to cultivate joy, humor and healing in both her art and in her classroom.
Locally, she teaches at InnerRhythms, SELS, Creekside Charter, and Tahoe Donner, and she has also taught at UNR, TMCC, Sierra College, International School of Music & Fine Arts, Prague, University of Colorado, and Vancouver Public School District.
Her choreography has been commissioned and/or presented by The Kennedy Center, UNR, Iowa State University, The Dance Cartel, Wing & a Prayer Modern Dance Company, Nevada Shakespeare Company, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Reno's Artown, Dance/Theatre Shannon, Downtown Dance Collective, and has received support from the Nevada Arts Council & Sierra Arts Foundation.
In addition to teaching weekly yoga and dance classes, she also facilitates creative wellness retreats, sound healing events, and is the proud mama of her dancing son, Fletcher. Equal parts dancer and yogini, Jennie is inspired by how humans relate to one another through movement and is constantly looking to cultivate joy, humor, and healing in both her art and in her classroom.
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