Jinah Parker is a multi-faceted creative force from Buffalo, New York. A dancer since the young age of four, her work is inspired by the tenacity of Debbie Allen and the endless intellectual curiosity of Katherine Dunham.
Jinah received a Masters Degree in Dance Education from New York University and a B.A. in Dance from the University at Buffalo, where she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa National Honors Society. Prior to her graduate studies, Jinah was a member of Dayton Contemporary Dance Company II (DCDC2), Lehrer Dance. She also participated in regional productions of AIDA and Beauty and the Beast. During her studies at NYU, Jinah began working with Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company, where she had the honor of performing numerous works by Eleo Pomare; and with Annabella Gonzalez Dance Theater, where she soon became a commissioned choreographer.
Today Jinah’s work has led her to teach internationally and become highly recognized for her expertise around youth choreography. She has worked as a full-time dance educator in both the Buffalo and New York City Departments of Education, and at the university-level as a semester substitute instructor and guest artist. Jinah now teaches part-time at The Dalton School. Her specialties are in modern technique, dance composition, and curriculum writing.
Jinah is newly signed to American Programing Bureau (APB ),the oldest and one of the largest lecture booking agencies in the country. She is honored to be represented by a pioneering force in the industry and offers interactive and multimedia presentation about ending sexual violence against women and girls and what she feels recovery and healing can look like for all gender identities. Jinah was also awarded a 2017-2018 CUNY Dance Initiative Residency at Brooklyn College, and has been commissioned to create a curriculum for Nadine Bommer Dance Company -- one of Israel’s major artistic institutions. In addition, her previous work, “Statement Pieces,” premiered at the Obie-Award winning Dixon Place in New York. Most recently Jinah is in residency at St. Francis College in Downtown Brooklyn, NY.
Jinah’s current project “SHE,” which just showed at New York’s HERE Arts Center in May, 2017, is a choreoplay about sexual violence, Sandra Bland, and healing. “SHE” has been performed with much acclaim at New York Live Arts, the Brooklyn Museum, Long Island University, The New York Society for Ethical Culture, and Iona College and has been hailed in Jazz Right Now as “stunning,” “eye-popping,” and “incisive," and described as "passionate and necessary," by the New York Times. Her work has also received generous support from Eve Ensler, creator of the “The Vagina Monologues”; actress and best-selling author Gabrielle Union; NBA Hall of Famer Grant Hill; Elle magazine; and the National Organization of Women.