“He is a leader, a young man who understands the business of being a twenty-first century artist.”
— Ryan Orion Beck - Artistic Director of Garage Contemporary Ballet

Kevin Jenkins has choreographed for State Street Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Columbia Ballet Collaborative, Big Muddy Dance, Western Ballet, Convergence Ballet, Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami, Bellingham Repertory Dance, and the School of Ballet Arizona among others. His choreography has been performed on the Inside/Out Series at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and at West Wave Dance Festival in San Francisco. Dance Magazine has praised his work as "riveting" and he is currently on faculty at Boston Ballet School.

Kevin majored in Dance at Grossmont College while also studying on scholarship at the Academy of Performing Arts in San Diego. He trained with Ahita Ardalan, Kathy Meyer, and Dave Mullen before going on to perform with Mirable Ballet, Jean Isaacs, and Butterworth Dance Company. He appeared on television with San Diego Dance Theatre, The Dance Conservatory, Alpha Omega, and in commercials for Verizon and Allstate Insurance.

In 2006 he founded Garage Contemporary Ballet with Ryan Orion Beck and served as co-artistic director through 2012. Kevin choreographed 20 new works for the company that were presented in their own annual seasons and in festivals and showcases including Celebrate Dance Festival, Emerge, Ignite, 4x4, Breaking Ground, and San Diego Choreographer's Prize. He won the Editors Choice Award from Dance Magazine in 2011 and 2013 and from Pointe Magazine in 2011 for Finding Narnia, Snap Pop, and Luminos.

In 2013 Kevin moved to San Francisco where he choreographed for Western Ballet, Emote Dance Theater, and the Orchestra Institute of Napa with Smuin Ballet dancers. He choreographed and directed the film Chaplin which was featured at the San Francisco Dance Film Festival, Greensboro Dance Film Festival, and America Dance Festivals Movies by Movers. In 2014 the San Diego Asian Film Festival commissioned him to create Light & Hope to commemorate the hurricane Haiyan in the Philippines. His self produced ballet C’est La Vie premiered to a sold out audience and was selected for the West Wave Dance Festival where it won rave reviews.

Now living in Boston, Kevin continues to choreograph throughout the country. He has served as an instructor at Walnut Hill School for the Arts, the University of San Diego, Arizona School of the Arts, Southwest Classical Dance Institute, and Master Ballet Academy.

 

Achievements

  • "Finding Narnia" - Winner of Editors Choice Award - Dance Magazine 2011
  • "Luminos" - Winner of Editors Choice Award - Pointe Magazine 2011
  • "Snap, Pop." - Winner of Editors Choice Award - Dance Magazine 2013
  • "Chaplin" - Official Selection at San Francisco Dance Film Festival 2014, Greensboro Dance Film Festival 2015, American Dance Festival 2016
  • "Light & Hope" - Commissioned by San Diego Asian Film Festival 2014

 

 

Photography by Liz Tan, 1000:words by Ryan Orion