Jen Bradford began dancing at a very early age in Utah and continued her training in the California Bay Area and New York City. While in NYC she received the Steps on Broadway scholarship and had the opportunity to study and perform repertoire with some of the most innovative choreographers in the city. Jen attended Brigham Young University where she was awarded a dance scholarship, and degree with personal studies in dance therapy. During her 20 -year career she have reached a level of notoriety as an innovative dancer, choreographer, producer and influential educator. As a choreographer she has created over 60 full-length works that have been performed by Professional Companies, Theaters, Universities and schools throughout the United States France, Germany, Austria, Costa Rica, Mexico, Bulgaria and China.
She has received numerous awards for choreography and artistic achievement. She has been the artistic Director of Teen Dance Company of the Bay Area, Momentum Dance Company, Impulse Dance Company, Impact Dance Company and in 2006 founded Northern California Dance Conservatory where she established an acclaimed training curriculum in which she teaches, choreographs and mentors young dancers. She received the 2007 Entrepreneur of the Year award presented by Gallina LLP.
Mrs. Bradford has cultivated collaborations with NCDC and esteemed choreographers and arts organizations. She has produced 4 Double Feature ballet’s performed at the Mondavi Center for the Performing arts and the Harris Center for the Arts. She is the Artistic Director of SYNTHESIS a bi-annual event bringing together dancers, visual artists and choreographers in the Sacramento area for an evening of performance and art. In 2009 she founded Project Launch Dance Festival, bringing renowned choreographers and companies together with emerging young dancers around the US for three weeks each summer. Most recently Ms. Bradford created ACCESS a free dance program for physically disabled children in her community.
The most rewarding accomplishments of her career have come from the students she has trained over the years. She believes in not only giving her students the technical tools and experiences they need to achieve their goals as dancers but also the importance that their art can have in society and their communities. Her students are currently teachers, choreographers and dancers around the world. They are dancing with Batsheva, Royal Swedish Ballet, San Jose Ballet, Regensburg Ballet, Hagan Ballet, Cullberg Ballet, Eugene Ballet, The Rockettes, Festival Ballet and the National Broadway tour of Wicked to name a few. Alumni have been received hundreds of scholarships and awards and have continued their studies at prestigious programs such as The Julliard School, Boston Ballet, San Francisco Conservatory, Houston Ballet, London Contemporary Dance, Staatliche Balletschule Berlin, University of Arizona, NYU, Butler University, SMU and ArnemHogeschool in the Nederlands.
Her passion for dance and dance education is deeply innate. She is grateful for the opportunity to share Northern California Dance Conservatory with the students, the professional staff and incredibly talented faculty, and the community through our performance and outreach programs.