This summer will mark the 4th Point Tap Festival (www.pointtap.wordpress.com) a three-day summer workshop Jeannie produces that brings master teachers from across the country to teach and perform at UWSP. Guest artists include: Robert Audy, Josh Hilberman, Lynn Schwab, Mark Yonally, Brandi Coleman and Ryan Korb. Participants include UWSP alums, current students, local dancers and professional tap teachers and performers from around the country and Europe.
Each year Jeannie choreographs for the UWSP faculty concert Danstage and for main stage musicals. Her collaboration with mathematics professor Cindy McCabe and the UWSP Women’s basketball team brought rhythms of the Fibonacci sequence to the Noel Fine Arts Center with a Courtyard Connections lecture and to Jenkins Theater in Danstage i2012. This spring the McCabe-Hill collaboration continues with “Fibonacci Rhythms: Moving Mathematics” workshops for 7th & 8th graders at UWSP’s Women and Science fair. Jeannie’s ballet for freshmen repertory “Le Bal de Beatrice D’Este” offered dance students in their first year the opportunity to perform with UWSP’s Wind Ensemble under the direction of Professor Brendan Caldwell. Her UWSP musical theatre choreography credits include: Lucky Stiff, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Drood, Rent, Hair, Urinetown, Pirates of Penzance, Crazy For You, Fiddler on the Roof and coming this May, The Producers. Jeannie‘s professional choreographic commissions include creating dances for Auburn University, Decidedly Jazz Danceworks (Calgary), Point Park University, The Legacy Dancers, Step Aside, Tappers With Attitude, Manhattan Tap, Jump Rhythm Jazz Project and Northwestern University.
As a tap soloist Jeannie’s performances as part of the Hoofer’s Weekend in New Orleans with Brenda Bufalino and late tap masters James Buster Brown, Jimmy Slyde and Jeni LeGon bring fond memories. Incredible opportunities to share the stage with numerous tap and jazz musician greats at venues and festivals like Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, New York’s Tap City at the Joyce Theatre and the Duke Theatre, Zinno’s, Discover Jazz Festival, Sculler’s Jazz Club, Chicago Human Rhythm Project, St. Louis Tap Festival, Southern California Tap Festival and The Saco River Grange Hall highlight her career. Attendance at her first tap festival in 1990 provided inspiration for Jeannie to audition for Manhattan Tap (Heather Cornell, artistic director). During the seven years of rehearsals and touring that followed she was introduced to the ever-expanding international community of rhythm tap dancers and the pleasure of working with great terrific jazz musicians.
Jeannie’s current collaborations with UWSP music faculty include an informal concert, Music in Between, with Ryan Korb, David Hastings, Dave Story, and Matthew Buchman and, in March, Gypsy Radio and The Rock and Roll Consecration, Brendan Caldwell’s new song cycle.
Her varied performance career includes international touring as a Noh dancer in Robert Wilson and David Byrne’s the knee plays (Suzushi Hanyagi, choreographer); originating the role of Clara in the world premiere of Drika Overton’s jazz-tap Nutcracker Clara’s Dream; touring with Mike Gordon (Phish) as a tap dancing rock jam-band member; performing at The Supper Club in New York in a five month run of A 40s’ Review with the Tony Corbiscello Big Band, and ten years with comic country band, The Chalks (including an appearance on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, release of a cd of original music, and co-authorship of a sit-com pilot script for Big Ticket Television).
Jeannie continues her longtime association with Chicago-based Jump Rhythm Jazz Project (Billy Siegenfeld, artistic director) performing, teaching with and choreographing for the company whenever schedules permit. (www.jrjp.org) For over twenty years she has enjoyed touring nationally and internationally with the company. Jeannie shares Jump Rhythm’s unique rhythm-first approach to movement learning, Jump Rhythm ® Technique with UWSP Theatre & Dance students. Jump Rhythm Jazz Project: Getting There, a one-hour TV special documenting the work of JRJP was produced by HMS Media and held its premiere on Chicago’s WTTW in May of 2007. Along with the rest of the company members Jeannie received an Emmy Award (Outstanding Achievement for Individual Excellence on Camera: Performer) for her performance in the documentary.
While living in NYC Jeannie taught tap and Jump Rhythm ® Technique at Steps on Broadway and Manhattanville College. Jeannie holds a BA in Theatre from the University of Vermont (1985) and an MFA in Dance from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, Peck School of the Arts (2009).