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Jillian Hopper

Lecturer of Dance

Jillian Hopper is a lecturer in dance and regular rehearsal director for the Department of Dance at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance. She specializes in the dance technique of Doris Humphrey with the aim of preserving the technique for future generations as a trustee of the Doris Humphrey Foundation, UK. She has taught the technique professionally for the University of Michigan (current), Hillsdale College (current), Eastern Michigan University, Middlesex University (London), The Place (London) and Northern School of Contemporary Dance (Leeds, UK). As rehearsal director for U-M, Hopper has had the pleasure of rehearsing guest works by Richard Alston, Lucinda Childs, Monica Bill Barnes, Alessio Silvestrin, and Alex Springer & Xan Burley.

In her own work, Hopper explores ritualistic movement concepts with an emphasis on nature’s powerful spirituality. She has performed in works by Monica Bill Barnes, Sidra Bell, Peter Sparling, Jessica Fogel, Bill DeYoung, Amy Chavasse, Tracy Halloran Pearson, and many of her own compositions throughout the Midwest and Europe.

Hopper has been teaching ballet and modern dance professionally for ten years. She believes a strong foundation is a key component to dance as an art form and fully enjoys sharing the American legacy of modern dance with her students. She currently resides in Ann Arbor, MI with her husband and daughter.


BA (choreography), Middlesex University (London)
MFA (dance performance), University of Michigan

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