Hailed as a choreographer “with an imagination so exuberant that one could not be sure how one movement led to the next” and “not only inventive but heart-rending,” Jennifer Hart has been commissioned by Ballet Austin, Ballet Austin ll, Ballet Nouveau Colorado, James Sewell Ballet, Minnesota Dance Theater, The Walker Art Center’s Momentum Series, The McKnight Fellowship for Dancers, Metropolitan Ballet Project in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Lawrence Ballet Theatre.
In 2011, Hart was awarded a New York City Ballet Fellowship and won third place at the Saint-Sauveur International Choreography Competition. She received second place at Ballet Nouveau Colorado’s choreography competition, and was one of three winners of the University of Kansas’ competitive choreography competition. She was chosen three times to present work at Ballet Builders, New Choreographer’s on Point in NYC. She was commissioned by University of Massachusetts in the fall of 2013; the work was chosen for the National College Dance Festival at the Kennedy Center, June 2014. Her work for Performa/Dance had been awarded three Austin Critics Table Awards: two for "Best Short Work" and one for "Best Dance Concert." Along with her work in concert dance, she has choreographed and performed cabaret shorts for nightclubs and television.
She trained at Minnesota Dance Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and San Francisco Ballet. Her performing career includes Minnesota Dance Theater, Ballet of the Dolls, and L.A Chamber Ballet, as well as independent choreographers. She choreographs yearly for Ballet Austin’s apprentices and Fellowship recipients, teaches full-time in the academy, and serves as Curriculum Leader for the lower levels of the school.
Growing up in Pittsburgh, Carr received his first twelve years of ballet training at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater School. After graduating high school he continued his training at Canada’s National Ballet School in Toronto, and had the privilege to work with choreographers including James Kudelka, Toer van Schayk, and Rudi van Dantzig.
Carr moved to Austin in 2006 to attend Ballet Austin’s trainee program, and joined the main company in 2008 after a season as an apprentice. Since joining Ballet Austin, he has been featured in Stephen Mills’ Light / The Holocaust and Humanity Project, premiered as Beast in Mills' Belle Redux, and has been featured in work by George Balanchine, Twyla Tharp, Lar Lubovitch, Pam Tanowitz, Pontus Lidberg, Nicolo Fonte, and Jennifer Hart.
Carr first worked with Hart in 2007 on a piece that would later be performed in NYC with Ballet Builders. The two have worked together every summer since, developing an especially productive professional relationship that fostered the inception of Performa/Dance in 2014.