Jennifer Calienes, Founding Partner + Project Manager
Jennifer S.B. Calienes is a Massachusetts based consultant working on a range of national dance initiatives with AXIS Dance Company, DANCECleveland, Urban Bush Women and the Hatchery Project. As Founding Director of the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC) at Florida State University (2004-2014), Calienes developed the nation’s first choreographic center, and the only such center in the world situated within a research university. Partnering with artists, presenters, residency sites and funders, the Center became a catalyst, model and acknowledged anchor for contemporary dance makers across the U.S. during a time of great economic uncertainty. Artists who received subsidized research and developmental residencies at MANCC have gone on to present work to communities across the globe and have received widespread recognition. From 1999-2004, Calienes served as Program Manager for the National Dance Project, a program of the New England Foundation for the Arts which supports the production and distribution of dance in the United States. While at NEFA, Calienes helped expand core programming and establish international partnerships with the U.K., Japan, the Netherlands, France and Australia. Calienes is an active advocate for contemporary dance makers and the support of new work, and has served as panelist, chair and facilitator for programs at The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, The MAP Fund, National Endowment for the Arts and United States Artists. Calienes holds a BS in Arts Administration with a Dance Concentration from Butler University.