Jennie Creer King
- M.F.A. 1999 School of Fine Art, University of Utah School of Dance (emphasis in teaching pedagogy and choreography)
- B.F.A. 1994 School of Fine Arts, University of Utah School of Dance (emphasis in Ballet Performance)
Adjunct Professor University of Utah School of Dance
Principal Barbara Barrington-Jones Ballet West Academy at Thanksgiving Point
Artistic Director Provo Civic Ballet
Owner Classical Ballet Academy
Assistant Professor of Dance Brigham Young University
Oregon Ballet Theatre (artist)
Ballet West (artist)
Awards & Recognition
Presidential Scholars “Teacher Recognition Award” 2005
Youth American Grand Prix “Best School Award”
“Best of State” Award for Best choreography and Best Youth Performing Group
Mrs. Utah United States
Jennie is an award-winning dancer, instructor, and choreographer. Among her awards include “Best School Award” by the Youth American Grand Prix, “Best of State” in Choreography and Youth Performing Group, and the Presidential Scholar’s Teacher Recognition Award.
Jennie Creer-King has spent the last 20 years teaching classical ballet, in both university and professional settings, integrating historic classical foundations with innovative teaching tools. Her professional career with Ballet West and Oregon Ballet Theatre ignited a love for both the classics and contemporary works in a broad-range performance experience. Jennie graduated from the University of Utah Fine Arts Department with a BFA in Ballet Performance and an MFA in Teaching Pedagogy and Choreography.
Jennie was an assistant professor of Dance at Brigham Young University and Artistic Director of BYU Theatre Ballet. During her time at BYU she re-staged classical repertoire, and created 11 world premieres. Her storybook ballet, Goldilocks Adventure, was televised internationally and toured across the midwest reaching over 11,000 students in outreach performances. From 2004 – 2014 she established Classical Ballet Academy developing a well-rounded syllabus and growing her studio to 300 dancers and a staff of 7 instructors. She choreographed three full-length ballets, including The Nutcracker, Hansel and Gretel, and The Snow Maiden. In 2009, she established Provo Civic Ballet, a pre-professional ballet company developing professional dancers contracted nationally and internationally in both classical and contemporary companies. During this time she was awarded “Best of State” in choreography and Children’s Performance Group by Governor Leavett, and The Youth American Grand Prix “Best School” award. She was awarded “Presidential Teacher Recognition Awarded” in 2005 with artist Garrett Smith in Washington D.C. from President George Bush. In 2005, Jennie was awarded the title of “Mrs. Utah, United States.” She implemented the platform “Enriching the Lives of Children Through the Fine Arts” reaching over 5,000 elementary age students in Utah. In 2014, Jennie was invited to be the principal of the Barbara Barrington Jones Ballet West Academy at Thanksgiving Point. She grew the studio to over 600 students with both a 10 months pre-professional curriculum and a national summer program.
Jennie is the owner and Artistic Director of Central Utah Ballet in Lehi, Utah. CUB is a comprehensive classical based ballet training program for youth ages 3-18. Students receive both classical and contemporary training from elite instructors and choreographers from across the country. Central Utah Ballet hosts Chrysalis Ballet in its beautiful new facility and share faculty and performance opportunities. Jennie holds close to her ties at the University of Utah School of Dance and frequents as an Adjunct Professor in the Ballet Division.
“It is not my place to transform students into my personal aesthetic; rather to guide and inspire them to discover their own stories and harness the magic they have within. As an artist we have the unique ability to captivate our audience, transport them out of their everyday, and be a part of once in a lifetime moments. In assisting the transition from student to professional dancer to artist, I emphasize a more holistic and integrated training focused on learning from every genre, personal experience, and network we create.”