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Jennifer Passios

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Jennifer Passios is an artist-athlete, wordsmith, and dance educator powered by improvisation.

She has spent the last decade enlivening audiences and activating spaces across the United States, engaging in work by a notable roster of contemporary dance voices including Shannon Gillen/ VIM VIGOR, Yin Yue, Itzik Galili, Marco Goecke, and Lorraine Chapman. In December 2019, she made her screen debut as a principal dancer in the feature length film “Little Women” (Columbia Pictures) directed by Greta Gerwig and choreographed by Monica Bill Barnes.

When she isn’t dancing, Jennifer spends much of her time with decaf espresso in one hand, and a pen in the other. She uses her deep connection to language to provide grant strategy support for small dance companies across the nation, mentor students in real-world readiness skills, and share her musings on dance across multiple online platforms. In addition to her work for thINKing DANCE, her writing can be found at JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience, Art Intercepts, and See Chicago Dance where she was a 2021 Critical Dance Writing Fellow. Since 2018, Jennifer has freelanced for Eat My Words, a San Diego-based branding agency responsible for creating memorable product and business names. Her winning name Zena was selected for Cadence Health’s new combination birth control pill which is currently a candidate to be the first available to women in the US without a prescription.