Jennifer Ingle-Grund


Jennifer Ingle-Grund was raised in Encinitas, California, where she began her classical ballet training with the Janice Lee’s School of Ballet.  She continued her training in summer programs with the Boston Ballet School, North Carolina School of the Arts, Marin Ballet School, Riverside Ballet Arts and Budapest Ballet.  In 1995 she was invited by Dermot Burke to join the Dayton Ballet.  Her career with the company spanned twelve seasons, performing principal roles including favorites Juliet in Septime Webre's Romeo and Juliet, Ella in Christian Holder's An American Cinderella, Snow Queen in Dermot Burke’s The Nutcracker, Stella in Karen Russo’s A Streetcar Named Desire, and Lucy in Stuart Sebastien's Dracula.  Jennifer also danced principal and soloist roles choreographed by Alvin Ailey, George Balanchine, Stephen Mills, Trinette Singleton, Gina Patterson, Christopher Fleming, Luis Fuente, Gerald Arpino and others.  Continuing her career, Jennifer had the privilege of performing throughout the United States, Canada, and Cuba and retired from the stage in 2009.  She has been teaching and choreographing all levels of classical ballet for over twenty-five years across the United States.  In Colorado, Jennifer was appointed Ballet Mistress with Ballet Nouveau Colorado where she developed and maintained the school’s classical syllabus and pre-professional repertoire.  She has been teaching most recently for studios in the Chicagoland area and is on faculty at the School of Theatre and Dance at Northern Illinois University. She is thrilled to be a teaching artist for the Joffrey Academy and is passionate about passing on her love of ballet to her students. Jennifer is an ABT® Certified Teacher, having successfully completed the ABT® Teacher’s Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 7 and Partnering of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.