Jenna Pollack

Assistant Professor of Dance
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I offer embodied practices for physical listening, reflexive imagination, rigorous play, and the mobilization of community.

Jenna Pollack joined Boston Conservatory at Berklee in 2020 and is an assistant professor of dance specializing in contemporary dance and improvisation.

Pollack is a collaborative choreographer, performer, educator, administrator, and organizer committed to facilitating ethical and equitable spaces. She has been commissioned by companies and festivals throughout the U.S., Spain, and Germany. She was recently named the 2020–2021 Boston Center for the Arts Resident Choreographer, a finalist for the Massachusetts Cultural Council Choreography Fellowship, the Boston Schonberg Fellow at Dance the Yard, and is slated to work as an arts envoy with the State Department in Colombia. Her performance highlights include the 2019 film Little Women, Scottish Dance Theater, the Metropolitan Opera, and freelance projects across North America. Pollack was the dramaturg and rehearsal director for The Davis Sisters' 2018–2019 season. She has worked as a dance educator for Lincoln Center Education, the New York City Department of Education, Together in Dance, Children’s Musical Theater Camp in Shenzhen, China, and codirected the Arusha Arts Initiative in East Africa.

Pollack received a B.F.A. in dance performance from the Juilliard School, an M.A. with distinction in choreography from the Institute of the Arts Barcelona, and a certificate with honors from Harvard Business School Online’s CORe program. She has worked for Springboard Danse Montréal since 2013 in marketing and artist relations.

Pollack also teaches at Salem State University and Urbanity Dance Company, as well as for the Boston Ballet Trainees. She was previously a visiting lecturer at Northern Essex Community College and Dean College.

Professional Awards and Recognitions

  • Boston Center for the Arts Resident Choreographer (2020–2021)
  • Massachusetts Cultural Council Choreographic Fellowship Finalist (2020)
  • New England Foundation for the Arts’ Dance Fund Recipient (2020)
  • MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists Award (2020)
  • Olin College of Engineering Sketch Model Summer Studio Award (2019)

Notable Recent Works

  • In the Red (Hubbard Street Professional Program and University of Chicago, 2020)—Codirector
  • Old North Church Film (Reciprocity Collaborative and the National Parks Service, 2020)—Codirector
  • Who Is Eartha Mae? (Bridge Repertory Theater, 2019)—Choreographer
  • foamed (InDance Barcelona Festival, 2018)—Choreographer and performer
  • Temperature (Theater Felina-Areal Germany, 2017)—Choreographer and performer