JENNY ROCHA

  • Choreographer, Performer, Teaching Artist

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About Jenny

"somehow managing to channel both the grace of Claudette Colbert and the comedy of Buster Keaton"- NYtheater.com

Jenny Rocha is a versatile dance artist- creating contemporary work, commercial work, mixing genres of dance, designing costumes and teaching various classes. Currently, Jenny is a teaching artist at BAM for their “Dancing Into the Future” program (2012-2014), a resident artist at Galapagos Art Space (Jenny Rocha & Her Painted Ladies), the in-house choreographer for Elan Artists, a performer for Shien Lee's Dances of Vice and on the guest faculty at Mark Morris Dance Center. Her current projects include a dance/installation piece entitled "Battledress" which premiered at The Boston Center for the Arts in December 2013 and her cabaret dance group, The Painted Ladies. As a dancer, she has worked with noted companies and artists such as Heidi Latsky Dance, Sean Curran Company and mentors, Gary Shore & Kelli Wicke Davis. Rocha has performed in formal theaters, cabaret stages, operas, films and video, NBCs America's Got Talent, outdoor festivals, and many other performance mediums. As choreographer and artistic director of her Brooklyn-based company, Rocha Dance Theater, Jenny has created over 50 works and 12 evening-length productions since 2001. In addition to choreographing for her own company, she creates work for directors, clubs, music shows, commissioned events, entertainment companies, films and college companies. As a teacher, she has been a guest artist at Rhode Island College, West Virginia University, ACDFA at Connecticut College and a revisiting artist at Roger Williams University (2001-2013). Jenny has also taught in NY public schools for the organization CREATE and has been a guest artist at Dance New Amsterdam in NYC. Rocha graduated with a BA in Dance from Roger Williams University in 1996 where she received the Thomas Paolino Scholarship and The Outstanding Achievement in Dance Award. Rocha has received funding from The Emerging Artist Award in Boston, the Thomas Moore Foundation, Danspace Projects Commissioning Initiative, The Boston Center for the Arts and the Puffin Foundation.

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What the critics are saying

  • “she evokes strong emotion physically, here through flung, pivoting and slashing bodies."

    Jennifer Dunning New York Times
  • "a beauty in her clear bold way, her face nakedly revealing fierce self-confidence and vulnerability"

    Jennifer Dunning The New York Times
  • "lively choreography that borrows just as much from hip hop as it does ballet”

    Gia Kourlas The New York Times
  • "authoritative work"

    Jennifer Dunning The New York Times
  • "Every now and then, I see a production that makes me clasp my hands with delight and I want to send everyone to experience it for themselves."

    Amy Pearsall NYtheater.com
  • "If you enjoy innovative, high-energy dance performances tinged with wry wit, make a point to see her work."

    Amy Pearsall NYtheater.com
  • Rocha has a notable talent for creating work that is both aesthetically interesting and powerfully communicative.”

    Sarah Carlson OffOffOff.com
  • "hilarious manic tootsies"

    Jennifer Dunning New York Times
  • "In creating this brilliant performance piece, it is very apparent that Ms. Rocha has tapped into a vast treasure of artistic and intellectual capital."

    Sue Salko-theater critic
  • "witty amalgamations of modern and jazz dance styles in vaudeville frames.."

    DJ McDonald Culturebot.com
  • "this show puts the art back into tart"

    NYPress

Jenny Rocha & Her Painted Ladies

Jenny Rocha & Her Painted Ladies perform vignettes that are a fusion of dance, physical comedy, theater and burlesque. Using a wide range of styles such as modern, hip-hop, jazz and tap, Rocha creates versatile, high-energy dances for a stunning cast of ladies.

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Battledress

Battledress is a dance/installation piece created specifically for museums and galleries. The work embodies bold movement, costume design and an original music score. This work is a project of Rocha Dance Theater.

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