Dr. Jill Nunes Jensen received dual B.A. degrees in dance and political science, cum laude, from the University of California, Irvine. She holds an M.A. in dance from the University of California, Los Angeles, and Ph.D. in dance history and theory from the University of California, Riverside. At present she instructs courses in dance history, appreciation, ballet technique and social action in the dance departments of Loyola Marymount University and for the LEAP Program of Saint Mary's College.
She has presented papers at the Congress on Research in Dance, Society of Dance History Scholars, and Popular Culture Association conferences, as well as contributed to the formation of Dance under Construction—a graduate dance studies conference reconstituted at UCLA in 1998. Additionally, she has lectured for the University of California, Irvine and the given pre-performance talk for the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago's visit to the Music Center of Los Angeles.
Currently she serves on the Executive Board of the Society of Dance History Scholars (SDHS) serving as the Corresponding Secretary. Her research on Alonzo King LINES Ballet has been published in Jennifer Fisher and Anthony Shay's When Men Dance (Oxford University Press), Dance Chronicle (Routledge, Taylor & Francis), and Theatre Survey (Cambridge) while she is developing a book-length manuscript on King and the company.
University of California, Riverside: Dance History & Theory, Ph.D.
University of California, Los Angeles: M.A., Dance
University of California, Irvine: B.A., Dance
University of California, Irvine: B.A., Political Science