Jennifer Blasek

Professeur de danse

Crédit photo: Soul.Berenson
Born in Canada.

She studied ballet at the Ballet School of the Opéra National de Paris from 1985 to 1991 under the direction of Claude Bessy.
She makes her stage debut at the age of 17 ans with Germinal Casado for Badisches Staatstheater de Karlsruhe.

Hired three years later by Ballet National de Nancy directed by Pierre Lacotte, she's soon given soloist roles in his latest choreographies : Swan Lake (Pas de Trois / Les Grands Cygnes / La Napolitaine), La Sylphide (Effie / les 3 Sylphides / Le Pas de 2 des Ecossais) Giselle (Le pas de 2 des vendangeurs / Les deux Willis) L’Ombre (la Duchesse Eudoxie) Le Martyr de St Sebastian (Les 2 Sœurs) aside with Monique Loudières, Alessandra Ferri, Elisabeth Platel, Manuel Legris, Maximiliano Guerra, Vladimir Malakov.

Main Repertoire performed as solist : Chopiniana and Petrushka, chore: Michel Fokine
and in

  • Soir de fête, chore: Léo Staats
  • Episodes, chore: George Balanchine
  • Fall River Legend, chore: Agnès De Mille
  • Les Noces, chore: Bronislava Nijinska
  • Napoli and Conservatoire, chore : Auguste Bournonville
  • Proust ou les intermittences du Cœur, chore : Roland Petit.

In march 1997, Patricia Neary of Balanchine Trust gives her star role in 2 pieces of George Balanchine: Tchaïkovski Pas de Deux and Theme and Variations .

In 2001 under the direction of Didier Deschamps,the Ballet de Nancy becomes CCN - Ballet de Lorraine. Named principal, Jennifer performs more than 12 seasons creations or neo-classical and contemporary repertoire of : Karole Armitage, Merce Cuningham, William Forsythe, George Balanchine, Russel Maliphant, Nicolas Leriche, Abou Lagraa, Jean-Claude Galotta, Claude Brumachon, José Limon, Angelin Preljocaj, Tero Saarinen, Dominique Bagouet, Martha Graham, Jacopo Godani, Lionel Hoche, Emanuel Gat, Gigi Caciuleanu, Twyla Tharp.

During 2002-2003 season, Jean-Christophe Blavier (Principal at Stuttgart Ballet) invites her to take first role in one of his creations: Dolomytica, for the Bolzano Dance Festival de Danse in Italy.

Named Knight of Arts and Letters in 2007 by Mister Donnedieu de Vabres, Minister of Culture, Jennifer receives this same season her State Diploma of Dance Teaching.

Holder of the Certificate of Aptitude (CA) for Classical Dance Teacher since 2013, Jennifer has taught as a Contractual Artistic Teaching Professor (PEA) at the Regional Conservatory of Nancy until 2019. Now a tenured PEA, responsible for coordinating the Dance Department at the Regional Conservatory Darius Milhaud in Aix-en-Provence, she is regularly invited to lead workshops, pedagogical and choreographic sessions, masterclasses, as well as serving as a judge for competitions and exams.

Since 2016, Jennifer has been a guest teacher for various professional companies and Youth Ballets such as the Ballet de l'Opéra National de Paris, the National Ballet of Marseille, the Basel Ballet, the Ballet de l'Opéra National du Rhin, the Ballet Preljocaj, the Ballet de l'Opéra de Metz, the Malandain Ballet Biarritz, the Junior Ballet Preljocaj, and the Young Ballet of Arles.

She is also a trainer for the State Diploma in dance teaching (ESAL from 2016 to 2019 – CAFEDANSE in Aix-en-Provence since 2019) and a tutor in the context of the training for the Certificate of Aptitude for classical dance teachers offered by the National Conservatory of Music and Dance in Lyon.

Her teaching is the result of a long pedagogical and artistic reflection, combining her journey and personality.

She is committed to faithfully transmitting French classical dance, respecting the heritage received during her 6 years of training at the School of Dance of the National Ballet of the Paris Opera, while conveying with kindness, generosity, open-mindedness, and respect for the body the richness of her experience as an Artist-Interpreter.

Sketches from Chronicle - Martha Graham
Love is Love - Gigi Caciuleanu

Steptext - William Forsythe
Fabrication - Merce Cuhningham
Sketches from Chronicle - Martha Graham
The Vertiginious Thrill of Exactitude - William Forsythe