Jennifer McNamara, Assistant Professor, is a native of Syracuse, NY, although most recently from Nashville, TN where she was able to combine her love of teaching, words, and making things. She was member of Richmond Ballet for two seasons before joining the Eugene Ballet, where she danced for ten years. She was lucky to be able to grow as an artist in narrative ballets, such as dancing the role of Lucy in Charles Bennett’s Dracula, as well as being given the chance to create leading roles in many of artistic director Toni Pimble’s contemporary works. From 2001–2007, Jennifer was a principal dancer with Nashville Ballet, especially noted for her portrayals in dramatic works such as the Chosen One in Salvatore Aiello’s The Rite of Spring and the title roles in Dennis Spaight’s Scheherazade and Paul Vasterling’s Romeo and Juliet and Lizzie. Ms. McNamara was most recently an adjunct professor in dance at Middle Tennessee State University, the ballet mistress for the Centennial Youth Ballet at Metro Nashville Parks and Recreation Dance Division, a company teacher for New Dialect, and on the faculty for the School of Nashville Ballet. She is also a certified Pilates instructor working, specifically, with dancers and rehabilitation referrals at her home studio. In 2005, she received the Individual Artist Fellowship in Dance awarded by the Tennessee Arts Commission. Jennifer is pursuing a teaching certification through the National Dance Education Organization and recently earned her MFA in Dance at Hollins University.