Thanksgiving Point Academy Principal
Jennie’s initial training began at Classical Ballet Conservatory under Sandra Allen, Mary Ann Hatten and Connie Burton. At age 13, she began training with Utah Regional Ballet under the artistic direction of Jacqueline P. College. During her years with Utah Regional Ballet, Jennie received scholarships from Joffrey Ballet School (New York), Pacific Northwest Ballet School (Washington), and the School of American Ballet (New York). She won Dance Magazine’s sponsored scholarship to Craft and Choreography in 1987.
As a high school senior, Jennie danced as a youth artist with Brigham Young University’s Theatre Ballet touring the midwest with the company before accepting a full tuition scholarship to the University of Utah and selected as a company member of Utah Ballet under the direction of Conrad Ludlow. She danced with Utah Ballet for one semester before becoming an apprentice with Ballet West in 1990.
In 1991 Jennie was offered a corps de ballet contract with Ballet West under the direction of John Hart. From 1991-1994 she performed various roles in Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Giselle, Billy the Kid, The Lady of the Camellias, Pulcinelle, and Vespri. She also participated in the Ballet West for Kids Program, building artistic awareness and expression in young people through out Utah.
In 1994 she accepted a company position with Oregon Ballet Theatre under the artistic direction of James Canfield. She worked directly with James on several world premieres and with world-renowned choreographers including Paul Taylor, Donald Byrd, Bebe Miller, and Val Caniparoli. As well as the principal roles in Swan Lake, Giselle, Copellia, and The Nutcracker.
Jennie trained continuously, studying modern, flamenco, jazz and hip-hop as well as classical ballet. She was a principal guest artist in Scotland at the Edinburgh Festival as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, the Firebird with the Utah Symphony and Opera, and as the Sugar Plum Fairy with North Star Ballet, Colorado Dance Theatre, and Twin City Ballet.
Jennie received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1994 and a Master of Fine Arts in 1999 from the University of Utah. She accepted an assistant professor of dance at Brigham Young University (1999-2004) directing BYU Theatre Ballet. Jennie developed a comprehensive syllabus for BYU Ballet Division, choreographed 11 new world premieres and staged classical repertoire for the resident ballet company. As artistic director she implemented a strong touring schedule through out the midwest with her storybook ballet, Goldilocks’ Adventure, which was documented by BYUTV and reached an international audience.
Jennie was assistant choreographer for the Paralympic Opening Ceremonies in 2004. In 2005 she was selected as Mrs. Utah United States and implemented a state wide outreach program with her storybook ballet’s enchanting and inspiring the imagination of elementary age students through out Utah.
In 2007 she traveled to Washington, DC to receive the Presidential Scholar’s Teacher Recognition Award from Presidential Scholar Garrett Smith and President George W. Bush. Her choreography has won “Best of State” in 2007 and 2008. She was invited to Chair the Provo Arts Council where her insight helped develop the Covey Center of Performing Arts programing.
Jennie owned and operated Classical Ballet Academy from 2004-2014 and was the Artistic Director of Provo Civic Ballet a non-profit youth company designed to train and inspire young artists as classical dancers. In 2014 Jennie was hired as the Principal of the Barbara Barrington-Jones Ballet West Academy in Lehi, Utah. In collaboration with Adam Sklute, Artistic Director of Ballet West and Peter Merz, Director of Ballet West Academy she continues to train and coach dancers through Utah.
She is married to Steven King and she is the mother of there boys Devin, Brayden and Tait.