Assistant Professor of Practice
Contemporary, Improvisation, Ballet
Jennifer McQuiston Lott enjoys a varied career as a dancer, choreographer, teacher, director and advocate for the arts. She has danced with a variety of dance companies including Gibney Dance Company, Groundworks Dancetheater, Armitage Gone! Dance, Inlet Dance Theatre, Collective Body Dance Lab, Eglevsky Ballet, and others. Her choreographic works and short dance films have premiered at Baryshnikov Arts Center, National Sawdust, Celebrate Brooklyn!, Festival Miden, The Dead/Live Festival, The Cleveland Public Theatre, Chen Dance Center’s Newsteps, the Thang Dao Dance Festival, New Haven’s Educational Center for the Arts, and The Southern Theater in Minneapolis. She has created works for Cleveland’s Ingenuity Festival, Gibney Dance Center, the Laguna Dance Festival, Baldwin Wallace University’s Bach Festival, Rockford Dance Company, and has choreographed music videos for groups Son Lux and My Brightest Diamond. She assisted choreographer Jodie Gates with the creation of new works for Tulsa Ballet and Kansas City Ballet, and staged Gates’ ballets at Sacramento Ballet and Princeton University.
In 2012, Lott cofounded the Traverse City Dance Project, a seasonal company for professional dance artists in Traverse City, Michigan. Now celebrating its fourth season, TCDP has presented works by Jodie Gates, Gerald Arpino, Mauro de Candia and John Utans, and it has created over eight new ballets, many accompanied by live music.
Her many collaborators include musicians and filmmakers such as Son Lux, DM Stith, The Accidentals, Jonny Rodgers, Clocks in Motion, yMusic, Darren Solomon, Tenth Intervention, Murat Eyuboglu, Brenden Beecey. She was recently a featured performer in the official Son Lux videos “Undone” (dir. David Terry Fine, chor. Tyler Gilstrap) and “You Don’t Know Me” (created and directed by Nathan Johnson/The Made Shop, featuring “Orphan Black” star Tatiana Maslany).
Lott earned her BFA in Ballet Performance from Indiana University, and her MFA in Dance from the University of California, Irvine (UCI). At UCI, she was awarded a Graduate Fellowship, the Medici Scholarship, and the Sheila K. & James J. Peterson Community Spirit Scholarship. She is certified in GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® and is an ABT® Certified Teacher in Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. She is on the faculty of Interlochen Summer Arts Camp, and she has taught master classes and workshops at schools and universities domestically and internationally, including DOCH (Stockholm, Sweden), Ikapa Dance Theatre (Cape Town, South Africa), the Académie Américaine de Danse (Paris, France) and Muhlenberg College (PA).