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Allison Blakeney – NYC, NY

Allison Blakeney is a dancer, performance artist, and writer based out of New York City. She has trained, danced, performed, and taught for over 20 years in Colorado, Los Angeles, and now New York City. As a teacher she is interested in embodied movement that allows dancers to engage every part of their being in class and in performance. Her current work explores that which haunts her personally, socially, and politically. The performance of this is interdisciplinary; it utilizes dance, text, things, music, outbursts of noise, and anything else that helps her remember the erased histories and lives of queer people in order to imagine queer futures. Her most current movement experiment involves delving into this haunting through queerness, witchcraft, and the idea of becoming-wolf. She is also pursuing an MA in Dance and Queer Studies at New York University through the Gallatin School of Individualized Studies.


Brittney Kirkpatrick – Boulder, CO

heathergrayphotography.deshawnbritbfa-8008A native of Boulder, CO, Brittney grew up training in a wide variety of dance styles. She primarily took classes in jazz, lyrical, ballet, tap and hip hop at Dance Dimensions in Longmont, CO.  There, she was exposed to master classes taught by professional dancers from New York and L.A. Dance Dimensions also gave her the opportunity to teach dance classes and she found great joy in teaching kids as well as choreographing. Once she graduated high school, Brittney continued her dance education at The University of Colorado at Boulder.  There she was able to work with world-renowned artists such as Erika Randall, Michelle Ellsworth, Gabe Masson and Rennie Harris.  She graduated cum laude with a BFA in performance and choreography. Brittney was also a member of The Schiff Dance Collective, a contemporary dance company based in Boulder, for fours years while she attended college.  After graduating she lived for a year in Chicago, IL.  There, she completed a season dancing for Deeply Rooted Dance Theater as a member of their Emerging Artists Ensemble.  She also worked as a freelance dancer and taught an after school ballroom dance program for inner city children. While in Chicago, she has had the honor of training with artists such as Kevin Iega Jeff, Gary Abbott, Nick Pupillo, Jessica Deahr, and Karly Hansen.

Jacob Mora – Denver


Choreographer, actor, dancer and musician Jacob Mora hails from Denver, Colorado where he works in dance, music and film. As Artistic Director of Moraporvida Contemporary Dance Jacob fuses both cultural and contemporary movements and music styles, ever expanding his continued exploration of relationships and the human experience. Jacob has garnered international success as a performer, teacher and artist.   He has been seen dancing with the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Hannah Kahn Dance,  and Santee Smith Group. He has had the pleasure of working with Choreographers such as Donald Mckayle, Betty Jones, Milton Meyers, David Rousseve, Eleo Pomare, David Dorfman and Lisa Race, among many. Existing as a fiercely passionate educator and promoter of dance culture, Jacob unites different genres of movement, both traditional and progressive to bring together peoples of different cultural and socioeconomic groups to embrace the art and joy of dance. As an emcee and musician Jacob’s reach is similarly diverse. He produces, creates and performs with multiple bands across the genres of Hip Hop, Electronic and avant-garde styles of music. Jacob teaches nationally and internationally conducting workshops and residencies on Jazz, Contemporary, Modern, Hip Hop and Conditioning the Spirit.  He has been on faculty with the University of Wyoming, UNLV  the New York Institute of Dance, as well as guest artist and teacher for many other schools, festivals and institutions.

Brittany Maxwell Hopkins – Denver, CO

BJDW 2013.14 Brittany Maxwell Hopkins lives to dance and share movement of any kind with her students. Since last year she returned from teaching ballet, jazz, modern, hip hop, and yoga in Beijing, China where she developed the dance program for the Beijing National Day School. Since her return, she has launched Container Collective Yoga in Denver.  She formerly was the artistic director of the Wasatch Academy Dance Company in Utah where she developed their dance program from the ground floor. Brittany graduated from Principia College with a degree in Art History where she performed  and choreographed within the Theater and Dance Department.  After graduation, she moved to Chicago to perform professionally with various jazz and modern dance companies, including the Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago 2nd Company and the Valerie Alpert Dance Company.  She has worked with many esteemed choreographers, and has been a guest artist at her alma mater, Principia College, and at Snow College in Ephraim, Utah.  Brittany received a “Ticket to Vegas” on the smash television show “So You Think You Can Dance” in 2008. Brittany is thrilled that this will be her 12th summer teaching at the Boulder Jazz Dance Weekend Workshop and dancing with Interweave Dance Theater.

Jen Fagan Archer – Brighton, CO

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Jen Fagan Archer, a Florida native, has been dancing since she could walk.  Her diverse training includes studies with world-renowned dance professionals like Gary Lund, Augusto Soledade, Anjali Austin, Christina Noel, Ramazon Bapov, Gerri Houlihan, Mary Wohl-Haan, and Hannah Kahn.  She has been commissioned in the US and abroad to teach and choreograph for stage and film and has performed with Leslie Merrill, Hannah Kahn Dance Company, Peekaboo Sole Productions, Georgia Dance Theatre, Concepts in Motion, Louder Than Words Dance Theatre and her very own Ascential Dance Theatre Colorado.  She identifies as a ‘community artist’ and has enjoyed the privilege of performing Donald McKayle’s Rainbow Etude and Liz Lerman’s Bobcat Ballet.  Studying dance, music and theatre at Florida State University she sharpened her directing, producing and choreographing skills in the thriving Tallahassee arts community, while earning a BS in Anthropology and History, an AA in Nutrition and Fitness and minors in Theater, Humanities and Communications.  Jen began teaching and choreographing professionally (yes, for money) at age 12 and at 22 she directed, wrote, scored, costumed, choreographed and produced her first full-length ballet.  Jen Archer is founder and curator of Ascential Dance in Colorado and she teaches and choreographs all about the front range.  At this year’s BJDW she will be teaching her very own JAM syllabus which is a fusion of Jazz, African based movement and Modern dance.  In summer 2012 Jen was recruited to work as Education Director at Cleo Parker Robinson Dance in Denver.  She is excited to be building her own home with her son and husband on the island of Ometepe, Nicaragua where she teaches “English Through the Art of Dance.”

BJDW Staff

Co-owners of BJDW, LLC:

Lara Branen – Co-founder, Executive/Artistic Director

Nini Coleman – Graphic Designer, Web-designer, Webmaster

Chris Harris – Assistant Executive/Artistic Director, Co-Director Student Performance

Daniel Morimoto – BJDW General Manager, Registrar

Heather Woolley  – BJDW On Site Manager

Other Administrative Staff:

Christy McNeil Chand – Student Advisor, Co-Director Student Performance



The Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop is held at the University of Colorado,  on the beautiful C.U. Campus, in the heart of Boulder. Boulder has been featured in magazines such as Newsweek and Money as one of the “most livable” cities in the U.S.  According to Sunset magazine, “If heaven has a college town, it’s probably as beautiful as Boulder.” Nestled against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder’s famous mountain parks, city-wide netwoboulder-4rk of biking and pedestrian paths, as well as restaurants (dubbed “America’s Foodiest City” by Bon Appetit!) and shopping, are all only a short walk from the campus.

Airport: The closest airport to Boulder is Denver International Airport, a brief shuttle ride away from Boulder. Here is a link to the City of Boulder website for more info on Boulder.


The main tenets of our mission are:
◊ To approach dance education as a way to feed both body and soul
◊ To inspire dancers thus renewing or igniting a greater passion for dance
Our goals include:
◊ Expanding dancers’ concepts and understanding of the definition and limits of jazz dance
◊ Offering a well rounded dance curriculum with diverse, high caliber teachers
◊ Providing a dynamic and exciting learning environment that downplays competition in favor of focusing on “personal best”
◊ Providing a supportive setting in which students can receive feedback on their choreography and perform their own works in a professional setting
◊ Supporting the growth of our students, not only as dancers but as human beings.

What we offer students

  • A chance to study a variety of styles for two dance-packed weeks with master teachers from across the U.S. in a uniquely inspiring environment.
  • Classes held in the University of Colorado dance studios on the beautiful CU campus.
  • An opportunity to choreograph for and/or perform in faculty-choreographed pieces, in a full theatrical performance in the Irey Theatre.
  • The opportunity to meet and become friends with dancers from around the world.
  • A college level dance experience for dancers 15 years of age and older. (Our Weekend Workshop on Friday July 20, Saturday July 21 & Sunday July 22 is open to dancers 12 years of age and older.)
  • A Commercial Dance Intensive for ages 18 and older that will include the opportunity to audition for Celebrity Cruises in a private agent call audition.

BJDW arranged housing options


There are two BJDW-arranged housing options in Boulder:

Sewall Hall (University of Colorado dormitory)

For Weekend Workshop students and/or Two Week Intensive students.  Dancers of any age. Private rooms are available.    

Minors must be accompanied by an adult chaperone (teacher, parent, older sibling, etc.) with at least one chaperone for every 10 minors. The BJDW does not provide chaperones.

Varsity Townhouses (Off campus apartments)

Limited availability.  This option is available only for Two Week Intensive students 18 and older and initially will be reserved exclusively for full-time students i.e. those taking at least 5 Core Classes and 1 Performance Track Class  – see Tuition for classes in this category). Private bedrooms are not available.  

Dancers who wish to make their own housing arrangements please see Other Options.