We had the good fortune of connecting with Jennifer Chin and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jennifer, we’d love to start by asking you about lessons learned. Is there a lesson you can share with us?
As a teaching artist, performer, choreographer, small business owner, I have learned to be extemely caring. Not careful, I generally follow my instincts rather than financial acumen. But showing care for myself, my students, my environment and my work. It’s a genuine feeling that actions matter. From a small gesture like, “How are you feeling today?”, to the entire shape of my business model of supporting both students and instructors. I am more interested in a person finding access to their own physical embodiment and self awareness, than one’s ability to afford private lessons with me.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
In the past, I’ve held my performative life and teaching life apart. Lately, I’m more interested in melding these two facets of my work. Both are extremely creative, yet in different ways. Obviously, choreography and dancing are a performing art form. But they require a lot of creative thinking behind the scenes as well. All of these assets help build my ability as an instructor. I’m able to find a way to disseminate information in unique forms for each individual.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’m a native New Yorker and visitors often ask me what are the best activities for tourists. I think it’s really up to the individual, depending on preference. For me, the outdoor spaces are very special, walking the Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park, visiting Governor’s Island, and Coney Island. Art, of course, in all of its aspects. Museums, galleries, and all sorts of live theatre. Depending on the season, there are often special events occuring that are definitely worth checking out.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My BFF, Giada Matteini recommended me to DFW, so she deserves some credit! She has also been an incredible supporter of my artistry and artistic ventures. In addition to Giada, I have an amazing network of dear friends who show up to my performances and endlessly back me: Susan Hefner (choreographer), Colleen Kong-Savage (artist/writer), Janet Yearwood (financier), Ellen Crane (photographer), to name a few.

I have two teachers who have really shaped my professional life. Alan Danielson, who passed away in 2014, was the studio director at The Limòn Institute. I danced in his company for 10 years. He encouraged me to begin teaching the Limòn technique. I began studying yoga and embodied anatomy with Genny Kapuler in 2003. Her teachings have greatly influenced me and my way of life.

Website: luminousbody.net, jenniferchindance.com

Instagram: @luminousbodyhealthandfitness @jenchindance

Linkedin: Jennifer Chin

Twitter: @jenchindance

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Image Credits
Ellen Crane, Nitzarindani Vega, Greg Hong

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