Photo by Cynthia Clayton Photography
Jennifer Cote, Director, graduated summa cum laude from Dean College in 2008, receiving her BA in Dance. She was chosen to perform both as a soloist and corps member in Dean’s company shows and was also honored to have many of her self-choreographed pieces featured in the college’s annual performances. Jennifer was given the greatest opportunity of her dance education when Denise Jefferson chose her to spend a summer studying at the renowned Ailey School. There she gained a strong understanding and love for Horton Technique, and spent her weekends attending classes at Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway and Peridance Capezio Center. The following summer she returned once again to New York City and trained with Parsons Dance learning several of their repertories. After graduating from college, she performed as a soloist in the Boston Dance Company’s The Nutcracker, taking on their lead roles of Marzipan and Candy Cane. Jennifer was truly flattered when Margot Parsons asked her to perform for her contemporary ballet company; Dance Visions. In 2009, Mrs. Cote also joined Dance Currents under the direction of Kathy Hassinger and was honored to perform historical repertory by Ruth St. Dennis, Donald McKayle and David Parsons. Her choreography debuted professionally in 2011 during Dance Current’s spring concert.
Jennifer’s true passion has always been teaching. She has trained pre-professional ballet, modern and jazz students in the Greater Boston area for over a decade. Mrs. Cote was recently on the faculty at Walnut Hill’s Community Dance Academy and taught at The Dance Inn for a decade. She was directing manager of the Legacy Dance Company and Youth Intensive, which are prestigious pre-professional programs at the Dance Inn. As manager, she taught and mentored over eighty young dancers, and created original works for such prestigious venues as The Dance Complex, Green Street Studios, Edward A. Hatch Memorial Shell, Jose Mateo’s Dance for World Community in Harvard Square, and Disney World. Mrs. Cote is excited to share her passion for dance, movement and exercise with the Norfolk community. Jennifer’s goal is to not only educate dancers of all ages, but also instill a life-long love for learning and the arts.