Meet Ms. Jenifer Sarver!
Jenifer Sarver is an Assistant Professor of Ballet at Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, MA. She holds a BA in Dance Pedagogy from Butler University’s Dance Department and an MFA from the University of Utah Department of Ballet. Her current courses include Theory and Practice of Ballet, Fundamentals of Ballet, Ballet Pedagogy, Science and Theory of Dance, Writing for Dance and Dance History until 1915.
Ms. Sarver was the first American to join the Teatr Wielki (Grand Theater) in Lodz, Poland, as a soloist of the ballet company. She has also been a soloist with the Cork City Ballet in Cork, Ireland, and a member of the ballet of the Opera na Zamku in Szczecin, Poland, the Slovene National Ballet in Maribor, Slovenia, the San Diego Ballet, California Ballet and Utah Ballet. She has been a principal guest artist for the Salt Lake City Ballet, as well as for Scotland’s Ballet West, headlining their inaugural tour of China. Ms. Sarver has danced the complete classical repertoire, including principal and soloist roles in The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty, La Bayadere, Don Quixote, Le Corsair, The Firebird, Snow White, Les Sylphides, Paquita, Coppelia, Konservatoriat and Peter Breuer’s Bolero; her favorite roles being the principal role of Clara in The Nutcracker and the title role in Giselle. She has also created principal roles in ballets by Giorgio Madia, Edouard Touissant, and Maureen Laird, and has performed in numerous operas, operettas and musicals.
Ms. Sarver has taught at a variety of schools including San Diego Civic Youth Ballet, California Ballet School, Salt Lake City Ballet Academy, The Academy of Russian Ballet (Dublin, Ireland), Donna’s Dance Academy (Cork, Ireland), Academy of Dance Arts (San Diego, CA), and Ars Skola Baleta (Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina). She also has served as a full-time professor of dance at Alma College. She has acted as ballet mistress for Utah Ballet and taught company classes for the San Diego Ballet, California Ballet, Salt Lake City Ballet Company, Genesis Sarajevo Dance Theater and Scotland’s Ballet West.
Ms. Sarver’s choreography has been presented in Sarajevo, Bosnia, and Herzegovina, Salt Lake City, UT, San Diego, CA, Grand Rapids and Alma, MI, and Indianapolis, IN. Her creative work often revolves around themes of social justice and human rights issues. She is the Boston-area correspondent for Dance Europe magazine and regularly reviews companies Boston, Germany and the Balkans.