Curriculum Vitae

 

Jinah Parker

Personal Information

Hight: 5'2  Hair Color: Black

Weight:115 lbs  Eye Color: Dark Brown

Jinah@jinahparker.com

 

Education:

New York University

M.A., 2010 Masters in Dance Education

 

New York State Certification in Dance Education

 

State University of New York at Buffalo

B.A., 2004 (Cumulative education included Dance and Musical Theater)

 

Professional Development

Gibney Dance, ICAT Community Action Training 2016

NYC Department of Education, Citywide Dance 2015

NYC Department of Education, Engaging the Male Dancer & Partnering Techniques 2014-2015

NYC Department of Education, Impacting Arts Teacher Practice to Improve student learning 2014-2015NYC Department of Education, Arts Education Liaisons – Workshop#1 2013/2014

Turn Around – a year long training 2013-2014

NYC Department of Education, Arts Education Liaisons – Introduction to fundraising 2013

NYC Department of Education, The Art of Teaching Dance: Back to the Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts! Dancing Tales 2013-2014

NYC Department of Education, The Art of Teaching Dance: Tools and techniques for the classroom and studio 2012-2013

Kagan Cooperative Learning- a year long training 2012-2013

Fall for Dance Lab, Mashup: Remixing Influences for Inspired Dance Making 2012

New York State Dance Education Association (NYSDEA) Conference 2007 and 2008

Healing Work and Certifications 

Institute for Inner Studies, Inc.

Pranic Healing I Certification 2018

 

The Noble Touch 

Essential Oils: Healing with the Angels Certification 2018

Essential Oils: For Prosperity and Manifestation Certification 2019

 

The International Institute of Reflexology Inc.

Ingham Method® of Reflexology

Completed Levels 1-3 Foot and Hand Reflexology course work and completing case studies for certification 2013 - Present 

 

Teaching Experience:

2016- Present

Brooklyn, NY

The Jinah Parker Project

Founder and Director of non-profit arts organization that tackles major social issues through dance, choreography, and education. Offering empowerment workshops through the arts, interactive lectures, dance composition and technique classes.

Fall 2017 - Present 

New York, NY

The Dalton School

Employed as a salaried part time faculty member.  Teaching dance technique, conditioning, and composition to both high school and middle school.

2018

New York, NY

St. Francis College

Scholar in residence working with students around ending gender violence, healing and empowerment. 

2018

Columbia University

New York, NY

Hired as a guest speaker during Domestic Violence Awareness Month to speak about healing, personal transformation and ending violence against women and girls.

2016-2017

Brooklyn, NY

EM Arts

Employed as an independent contractor to teach dance and conduct and create curriculum for Teacher Professional Development.

2016

Brooklyn, NY

Williamsburg Movement & Arts Center

Employed as an independent contractor. Teach dance and theater at various sites throughout Brooklyn. Set choreography on WMAAC youth company.

 

2014- 2015

Queens, NY

Thomas J. McCann Woodside Intermediate School I.S. 125Q

Employed as a full time dance teacher.  Developing middle school dance curriculum teaching dance skill and arts literacy with a cross curricular focus.    

Appointed school Arts Liaison.

 

2013 - 2015

Queens, NY

Summer Arts Institute

Employed as the full time middle school dance instructor. Teach Horton based modern and dance composition.  Create student centered choreography.

 

2014

Colima, Mexico

Universidad De Colima

Guest artist, taught modern technique class to BFA dance students.

 

2009 – 2012, 2014

New York, NY

Department of Theater and Dance

SUNY at Buffalo

Conducted auditions in New York City for prospective freshman for the University at Buffalo Dance Department.  Taught modern, jazz, and musical theater combinations and assisted in the adjudication process. 

 

2012-2014

Queens, NY

Collaborative Arts Middle School

Employed as a full time dance teacher.  Creating a new dance program, developing middle school dance curriculum with a focus on technical advancement and arts literacy.  Appointed school Arts Liaison. 

 

2012

New York, NY

Tompkins Square Middle School

Employed as a full time one-year replacement dance teacher.  Created three full curriculums, teaching a variety of styles and grade levels. Participated in outcomes based grading, created dance website, and coach school Spirit Team.  

 

2010 - Summer

East Orange, NJ

Cicely Tyson School of the Performing Arts

Employed in Arts and Literacy Program where I taught various dance techniques while incorporating a daily literacy component. 

 

2009

Patterson, NJ

Rosa L. Parks High School

Guest teaching artist, taught modern technique class to 11th and 12th grade students

 

2006 – 2008

Buffalo, NY

The Buffalo Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts                         

Employed full time by the Buffalo Public School system.  Taught Horton based modern dance technique, jazz, and dance history while choreographing 

for productions for school and community events.         

 

2008

Buffalo, NY

University at Buffalo

Substitute Instructor - Advanced Modern dance class.

                                                           

2006 – 2008

Buffalo, NY

Darlene Ciglia’s Dance Project                                                     

Taught Technique class

 

2007

Buffalo, NY

Miss Barbara’s School of Dance

Taught Jazz class

 

2006 -2007

Williamsville, NY

Lockport/ Classical City Ballet                                                     

Guest Modern and Jazz instructor                                                    

 

2005- 2006

Greenwich, CT

Dance Adventure Dance School

Taught tap classes and choreograph for the recital

 

 

Performance Experience:

2018

Radeau (Raft) by Eleo Pomare, Presented as a part of American Dance Guild Festival, Citigroup Theater at The Ailey Studios, New York, NY.

Excerpts from SHE, a Choreoplay, Presented at The Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts, Buffalo, NY; created, written, choreographed, and danced by Jinah Parker.

 

2017

Radeau (Raft) by Eleo Pomare, Presented as a part of Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company's 45th Anniversary, Citigroup Theater at The Ailey Studios, New York, NY.

Excerpts from SHE, a Choreoplay, Presented at Iona College, New Rochelle, NY; created, written, choreographed, and danced by Jinah Parker.

SHE, a Choreoplay, York Society for Ethical Culture Presented in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, New York, NY; created, written, choreographed, and danced by Jinah Parker. Directed by Ellie Heyman.

SHE, a Choreoplay.  Presented at HERE Arts Center Off Off-Broadway Theater, New York, NY; created, written, produced, choreographed, and danced by Jinah Parker. Directed by Phaedra Scott. 

Excerpts from SHE: A Choreoplay on sexual violence, Sandra Bland, and healing Presented at Brooklyn Museum First Saturday, Brooklyn, NY; created, written, produced, choreographed, and danced by Jinah Parker.

 

2016

SHE: A choreoplay on sexual violence, Sandra Bland, and healing, New York, NY; created, written, produced, choreographed, and danced by Jinah Parker.

 

SHE: A multimedia suite on sexual violence, Sandra Bland, and healing, New York, NY; created, produced, choreographed, and danced by Jinah Parker.

 

2015

Statement Pieces, New York, NY; directed and choreographed by Jinah Parker.  A multimedia performance capturing various aspects of the human experience.

 

2008- 2016

Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company, New York, NY; directed by Enri Cruz DeJesus.  Perform works by a range of choreographers including: Enrique             Cruz DeJesus and Eleo Pomare.  Performances at Jacobs Pillow and Kaatsbaan.

 

2009 - 2016

Annabella Gonzales Dance Theater, New York, NY; directed by Annabella Gonzales.  Perform several works by Annabella Gonzales for her Mexican Tours  

in Chihuahua and Mexico City.

 

2015

The William Hooker Trio at Firehouse Space, Brooklyn, NY; directed by William Hooker.  Choreographey by Jinah Parker. Special guest, improvisational performance with 3 piece jazz trio.  
           

EVIDENCE: the Baldwin Suit, Queens, NY; directed by William Hooker, Juan Michael Porter II.  Choreographed by Juan Michael Porter II. A multimedia  

performance featuring live jazz musicians collaborating with dancers, and poet.  Featured Female Dancer

 

2010

Industrial: Wise Big City Boogie Promotion, New York, NY, Dancer

 

2008

The Sahel: A Crack in the Heart, New Rochelle, CT; preformed work created by Christina Coleman

 

Beauty and the Beast, Artpark, Lewiston, NY; directed by Randy Kramer, Ensemble

 

2007

LehrerDance, Buffalo, NY; directed by Jon Lehrer, performed several known works by Jon Lehrer including: Bridge and Tunnel, Iambus and Loose Cannon

 

Aida, Artpark, Lewiston, NY; directed by Randy Kramer, Nubian ensemble

 

2004-2005

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company II, Dayton, OH; directed by Shonna Hickman-Matlock

 

2003- 2004

Zodiaque Dance Company, University at Buffalo, Amherst, NY; directed by Tom Ralabate, featured in PBS Special Filming

Choreography:

2018

SHE, a Choreoplay.  Cast of 10.  Music: Various artists. Presented at Gibney Studios, New York, NY.

 

2017

SHE, a Choreoplay.  Cast of 10.  Music: Various artists.  Presented at HERE Arts Center Off Off-Broadway Theater. New York, NY.

Excerpts from SHE: A choreoplay on sexual violence, Sandra Bland, and healing. Cast of 5.  Music: Various artists including original music by Fraser Campbell.  Presented at Brooklyn Museum/Target First Saturday.  Brooklyn, NY.

Enough, 2 dancers, Music: Jacques Ibert.  Presented at The Manhattan Movement Arts Theater.  New York, NY.

2016

SHE: A choreoplay on sexual violence, Sandra Bland, and healing. Cast of 14.  Music: Various artists including original music by Fraser Campbell.  Presented at New York Live Arts.  New York, NY.

 

SHE: A multimedia suite on sexual violence, Sandra Bland, and healing. Cast of 14.  Music: Various artists including original music by Fraser Campbell.  Presented at New York Live Arts.  New York, NY.

 

Stages of Release Part 2, 2 dancers, Music: Moby.  Presented at The Manhattan Movement Arts Theater.  New York, NY.

 

2015

Statement Pieces (evening length work of 3 suites: My Mama Told Me, Master Teacher, I Have Overcome, 4 dancers, Music: Pharoah Sanders, Kerry Muzzey, Led Zeppelin, Erykah Badu, Laura Nyro, Kendrick Lamar, Nina Simone, Amel Larrieux.  Presented by Dixon Place. New York, NY.

 

Stages of Release (excerpt), 1 dance, Music: Wayne Shorter.  Presented at The Manhattan Movement Arts Theater.  New York, NY.

 

Annie MTI cast of 28: Presented at Thomas J. McCann IS 125, Queens, NY

 

2014

Tolerance, 1 dancer.  Music: Wayne Shorter and Laura Nyro.  Presented at The Manhattan Movement Arts Theater.  New York, NY.

 

Espoir, 1 dancer.  Music: Wayne Shorter.  Presented at The Snug Harbor Outdoor Festival. Staten Island, NY.

 

Hairspray Jr. cast of 28: MTI/Broadway Jr.  Presented at Collaborative Arts Middle School, Queens, NY

 

2013

Talk Back, 2 dancers.  Music: Justin Hicks.  Presented at The Manhattan Movement Theater. New York, NY.

 

Thirst, 21 dancers.  Music: Epic Score.  Presented at The Tony Bennett Concert Hall, Frank Sinatra School of the Arts.  Queens, NY

 

Once on this Island Jr. cast of 25: MTI /Broadway Jr.  Presented at Collaborative Arts Middle School, Queens, NY

 

Urban Revolution, 20 dancers. Music: Justin Hicks.  Presented at Collaborative Arts Middle School, Queens, NY.

 

2011

Hard, 2 dancers.  Music: Justin Hicks.  Presented at The Manhattan Movement Theater. New York, NY.

 

2008

Unfolding Evolution, 11 dancers.  Music: Seal.  Presented at The Buffalo Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts, Buffalo, NY.

 

Grace and Mercy, 12 dancers.  Music:  Marvin Sapp.  Presented at The Buffalo Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts, Buffalo, NY.

 

Elements of Self, 2 dancers.  Music: Raul Midon.  Presented at The Buffalo Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts, Buffalo, NY.

 

Movin Up!, 6 dancers.  Music: Curtis Mayfield.  Presented at The Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY.

 

2007

Rising Souls, 5 dancers.  Music: LaShun Pace.  Presented at The Buffalo Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts, The Buffalo Public Library (opening performance for presentation by James Earl Jones), and The Buffalo Science Museum, Buffalo, NY. 

           

Unspoken Reality, 18 dancers, 6 Actors.  Music: Original Broadway recording of Spring Awaking, Kanye West, The Buffalo Academy for the Visual and             Performing Arts Jazz Ensemble.  Presented at The Buffalo Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts, Buffalo, NY.

 

Urban Behavior. 12 dancers.  Music:  Original sound track FAME.  Presented a The Buffalo Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts, Buffalo, NY.

 

2006

Rhythm Nation, 16 dancers.  Music: Stevie Wonder.  Presented at The Buffalo Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts, Buffalo NY.

 

The Hunt, 10 dancers.  Music:  Hotel Costes.  Presented at The Buffalo Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts, Buffalo, NY.

 

2004

Bound, 3 dancers.  Music:  Trumpets and Drums.  Presented at The University at Buffalo Drama Theater, Amherst, NY.

 

2003

Drinking Sand, 7 dancers.  Music:  Jamiroquai.  Presented at The University at Buffalo Black Box Theater, Amherst, NY.

 

 

Professional Dance Training:

2016 - Present

Continuous and Various Classes throughout NYC

2008- 2015

Alpha Omega Workshops

Studied Contemporary Styles combining Ballet, Horton, Graham and Afro Cuban

 

2004 – 2005

Dayton Contemporary

Studied Ballet and Horton technique

 

2000- 2004

The University at Buffalo Dance Program

Studied Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Tap, Musical Theater Repertoire

 

Buffalo Inner City Ballet

Studied Ballet

 

2003
The Milwaukee Dance Connection  

Studied Ballet, Horton, Jazz, Hip Hop, and African Dance

 

 

Honors:

2018

University at Buffalo Department of Theatre and Dance Distinguished Alumni Award 

 

Scholar in Residence at St. Francis College

2017

Reviews in The Village Voice, The Huffington Post, The New York Times, Medium, and The Root.

2017-2018 CUNY Dance Initiative Resident Artist Recipient, Brooklyn College: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts

2016

Scholarship to Gibney Dance ICAT- Community Action Training Workshop

Review on SHE

https://jazzrightnow.com/2016/04/18/review-of-she-a-multimedia-suite-on-sexual-violence-sandra-bland-and-healing/

 

2015

Article/interview on jazzrightnow

http://jazzrightnow.com/2015/11/11/november-artist-feature-dancer-jinah-parker/

 

2008

Selected to Judge The Links women’s organization scholarship talent contest

 

2004

Graduated Magna Cum Laude

 

2004 

Inducted into Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society

 

2001 

Inducted into Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society

 

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