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The Founder's Background & Experience

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As a dancer, Ms. Persch trained and danced with Stuttgart Ballet American Ballet Theater and the Royal Ballet. She has created more than 40 works for small companies and chamber sized performance groups, worked with the Shubert Theater, Theater-By-the Sea in Broadway musical theater productions. Her choreography has been presented in Ireland, Italy, Denmark and France including Festival Off D’Avignon. As Artistic Director of the New Hampshire Contemporary Ballet Company, she was one of two choreographers for the MacDowell Colony Centennial Celebration, served on the rosters of both Artists-in-Residence and Arts-in Education and received the Governor’s Award for Artistic Excellence. Ms. Persch received a national award from the National Association of Science Teachers for her innovative Alternative Educational – Arts- in-School project, Let’s Create Together-The Planets. Internationally, she was appointed to the Faculty for the Pari Center for New Learning, (Italy) funded through the World Academy of Art & Science.  She is guest teacher for the Royal Danish Ballet School, The Danish National Theater School, School of Modern Dance, and Copenhagen Dance Arts, SEAD (Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance) in Austria, and Northern School of ContemporaryDance in Leeds, England.  Ms. Persch has taught at colleges, universities, public and private schools and conservatories including the University of New Hampshire, Southeast Missouri State College and Trinity College for Graduate Studies in California, California State University-Long Beach; Hart School, University of Hartford; Ballet Etudes, Orange County High School of the Arts, and Saint Joseph’s Ballet. Ms. Persch graduated with honors BA in Asian Studies and a Masters level in Counselling Psychology through Antioch-New England Graduate School and a Master of Arts in Dance at California State University Long Beach.  She is certified in the ABT National Training Curriculum and Feldenkrais based Self-Corrective Mechanisms. Ms. Persch is the creator of BRIAH Movement/Embodied Awareness - an anatomically based approach to movement and dance. 

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  • Royal Ballet, London, England
  • American Ballet Theatre
  • Stuttgart Ballet
  • Ballet Etudes, Hartford Opera Ballet
  • Hartford Ballet, Connecticut Ballet Company
  • Massachussets Ballet, Springfield Ballet
  • New Hampshire Contemporary Ballet
  • BRIAH Contemporary Ballet
  • American Stage Festival
  • Oakdale Musical Theater Company
  • Theater By the Sea, Shubert Theatre

Dance Education

  • American Ballet Theater~  National Curriculum Training Program and Alumni Certification Program Levels Primary-7
  • Royal Ballet School ~ London
  • American Ballet Theater School ~ New York City
  • Ballet Russe De Monte Carlo School
  • American Ballet Center ~ Joffery
  • Martha Graham School 
  • Luigi Dance Center, Ballet Arts Carnegie Hall ~ New York City
  • Merce Cunnigham
  • Limon Institute
  • School of American Ballet ~ New York City Ballet
  • Stuttgart Ballet Schule
  • Alvin Ailey School
  • Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
  • Paul Taylor, Donald McKayle
  • Ballet Theatre School with Valentina Pereyaslavec as Master/Teacher
  • Barbara Chesney Schmir
  • Russel Fratto ~ Ballet Etudes
  • Vera Nikitins ~ Norwalk Ballet
  • Maggie Black, Zena Rommett, Finis Jhung, Frank Hatchett ~ Springfield, Massachusetts

Choreographer

  • MacDowell Colony Centennial Celebration
  • Festival Offd' Avignon France
  • Dansen Dag Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Jayne Persch & Company
  • BRIAH Contemporary Dance Company
  • In Mix'd Company
  • Springfield Ballet
  • Massachussetts Ballet Company
  • New Hampshire Arts in Education Roster
  • American Stage Festival
  • Christine Philion Dufour, Ram Island Dance
  • AWOL Dance Company Inc.
  • FADNA/Denia Dance Co.
  • Temecula Dance Company

Dance History

Conservatories, Universities, National and International Schools & Companies

Classical & Contemporary Ballet ~ Pointe, Repertory

Modern & Contemporary Dance (Horton, Graham, Limon Techniques, Release), Pas de Deux & Partnering, Choreography, Eurythmy, Tai Chi, Anatomy for Dancers, Injury Prevention, Artistic & Emotional Aesthetic in Movement, The Body & Energy, Developer of the BRIAH/E.A.S.E System of Movement

Denmark Royal Danish Ballet Holstebro, Albamora Dance Company Aarhus

Italy Accademia Nazionale Di Danse ~ Roma ~ Alambrado Dance Center ~ Florence Bellini House ~ Instituto Murlo ~ Pari Center for New Learning ~ Pari

Austria SEAD (Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance) Salzburg

Ireland Univeristy of Limerick

France Municipal Theatre ~ Theatre Golovine~ Avignon

USA University ~ California State University Long Beach ~ Trinity College for Graduate Studies ~ Antioch ~ New England Graduate School

CONSERVATORIES

Colorado Ballet, Boulder Ballet, Saint Joseph Ballet ~ Ballet Pacifica Conservatory ~ Orange County High School for the Arts ~ Hypaxis Center for the Arts

PRIVATE & PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Denver School for the Arts, Orange County High School for the Arts ~ Phillips Exeter Academy ~ The Well School ~ Contoocook Valley Schools SAU1

American Ballet Theater Curriculum Certified Primary through Advanced

Member of the International Dance Council Paris, France

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Teaching History

Royal Danish Ballet - Holtsbro, Denmark, Kent Director of School

Accademia Nationale Di Danse - Roma, Italy Dr. Luana Poggini, Marcharetta Parrila, Artistic Director

Albamora Dance Company - Aarhus, Denmark Jarek Cemerek, Noelia Mora, Artistic Directors

Royal Danish Ballet School - Holstebro, Denmark Kent Sommer, Director

Bellini House, Instituto Murlo - Murlo, Italy, Appointed Director of Programs - International Exchange

Colorado Ballet, Denver, Colorado - Gil Boggs Artistic Director, Valerie Madonia/Erica Fischbach Academy Directors

Boulder Ballet, Boulder, Colorado, Ana Claire, Director

Denver School for the Arts,  Denver, Colorado,Alicia Karcievsky/Michael O'Banion, Directors

Pari Center for New Learning - Pari, Italy, David Peat, Director

Upledger Institute - Palm Gardens, Florida, John Upledger, Director

Independent Choreographer, Master Class Teacher - California, Oregon, Arizona, Washington - YAGP, Company & College Auditions

AWOL Dance Company Inc - Portland, Oregon, Jen Harbaugh, Director

FADNA & Co - San Francisco, California - Felici Ana D'Anagogin, Director; Master Classes, choreographer

Temecula Dance Company - Temecula, California, Jimmy Peters, Director

Saint Joseph Ballet - Santa Ana, California, Beth Burns, Director

SEAD ( Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance) - Salzburg, Austria, Susan Eckhart

Ballet Pacifica Conservatory - Irvine, California, Gillian Finley, Conservatory Director; Molly Lynch, Artistic Director

Trinity College for Graduate Studies - Anaheim, California Father Joseph Szerbo, Dean

Hypaxis, In Mix'D Company - REFORM Pilates Studio, Dana Point, California

Fact Gallery - Laguna Beach, California, Robert Abbott, Director

University of Limerick - Limerick, Ireland, Catherine F Foley and Michael O'Suilleabhain

Hypaxis Studio/School - Wilton, New Hampshire

BRIAH Contemporary Dance Co - Wilton, New Hampshire, Morton E. Goulder, Chairman and Board of Directors

MacDowell Colony Centennial Celebration - Peterborough, New Hampshire, David Macey, Managing Director

Jayne Persch & Company - Artistic Director, Guest Artist

Arts-In-Education Roster - New Hampshire State Council in the Arts, Concord, New Hampshire

The Well School - Peterborough, New Hampshire, Toni & Jay Garland, Directors

Contoocook Valley School District - Conval, New Hampshire, Dance & Movement Theapist

Phillips Exeter Academy - Exeter, New Hampshire, Joyce Kemp, Dean of Studies

American Stage Festival - Choregrapher for "A Christmas Carol" & "Dames at Sea" - Troy Siebels, Director Professional/Equity Theater

Festival off D'Avignon - Avignon, France, Catherine Golovine, Director Theatre De Golovine; one of eight choreographers presenting works in the "American Choreographers Showcase."


Therapist

Trained and studied under the Institute for Therapeutic Arts ~ Antioch ~ New England Graduate School ~ Trinity Graduate School ~ Ballet Pacifica Company ~ Dr. Walter Sevigny ~ Dr. John Rice ~ Dr. Nicolas Heydeyat ~ Dr. Benjiman Rinaldo ~ Meyerson ~ Savinelli & Persch.She is a member of AMTA, IAHP, PPANA, IADMS and AMBPD.

  • Upledger Institute - Full Craniosacral Certificate & Diplomate Level
  • Actioch New England Graduate School Master of Arts
  • Assissi Institute - Italy
  • Parker College of Chiropractic
  • Traeger Institute
  • New Hampshire Institute for Therapeutic Arts
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Formal Education

California State University at Long Beach ~ Masters of Arts 2005

Antioch- New England ~ Master of Arts Program in Counseling Psychology/ Dance Movement Therapy

Manhattanville College ~ BA Asian Studies

New York University ~ Graduate Studies Dance

Columbia University ~ Graduate Asian Studies

Goetheanum (Eurythmy)

ABT - National Training Curriculum - Fully Certified Primary - Level7/Partnering

Gyrotonics - Foundation, Level 1