Jennifer Morley is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Drexel University Dance program and the Creator/Director of both the Drexel Pilates Studio and the 450-hour Drexel Pilates training program. Her foundational background in somatic practices also include both a yoga certification and Pilates certifications from Romana Kryzanowska (Romana’s Pilates) and Karen Carlson (Pineland Pilates).
Jennifer has received multiple choreographic commissions, including setting work on the CitiArts Youth Dance Ensemble (Connecticut), the Community Dance Project in Lansing (Michigan). Her former dance company, the Figments Dance Ensemble, was commissioned by the YMCA of greater New York to develop school based dance programs and performances for public elementary and middle schools.
She spent two years teaching and performing the Figments work in New York and Connecticut. Jennifer has been presenting her work independently since 2006 with performances in Philadelphia at the Painted Bride, The Community Education Center, the Adrienne Theatre, and the Conwell Dance Theatre, in New York at the Brooklyn Lyceum, the Evolving Arts Theatre (Dance New Amsterdam), St. Marks Church, Peridance Center, and throughout the country at venues including the Charter Oak Cultural Center in Hartford, and Happendance in Michigan.
She has recently completed a two year artist residency at Philadelphia’s Community Education Center and been the recipient of multiple New Stages for Dance grants through Dance USA Philadelphia and the Pew Center for Arts and Culture.
Jennifer’s performance background includes work with Keith Thompson/ danceTactics, Olive Prince Dance, and Deborah Goffe’s Scapegoat Garden. Through danceTactics, Jennifer taught master classes at Duke University and at the American Dance Festival in North Carolina.
Since Drexel Pilates officially opened in 2011, the studio has been highlighted in Dance Magazine, Pilates Style Magazine, and Drexel Quarterly. Interviews with Jennifer have been published on DanceAdvantage.net and the Gratz Industries International newsletter.
Her research agenda is focused on the utilization of somatic modalities for deeper connectivity and self-awareness. She authored the materials for each of the three modules of the Drexel Pilates Training program. In 2015, she was on the team that conducted “Movement in Mind: Perception of Motor Skill and Aesthetics in the Minds of Experts”, a project that was funded by Drexel’s ExCITe Center.
Jennifer has an BA in dance from Hofstra University, an MFA in dance from Temple University, and a diploma in dance from Laban Center London.