Faculty & Staff

 

Jeannie Hill

Professor - Dance
 

NFAC 140E​
715-346-3980
Jeannie.Hill@uwsp.edu
 

 
 

About

Jeannie joined the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point Theatre & Dance faculty in 2004 where she teaches Tap, Jazz, Musical Theatre Dance, Composition, and Career Seminar - and choreographs for musicals and dance concerts.  She holds a BA in Theatre from the University of Vermont and an MFA in Dance from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, Peck School of the Arts.

For her dance creations at UW-Stevens Point Jeannie has initiated numerous collaborations with faculty across campus including mathematics professor Cindy McCabe, wind ensemble conductor Brendan Caldwell, sign language interpreter Beth Krolikowski, and composers Matthew Osowski and Professor Matthew Buchman.  For six summers Jeannie produced Point Tap Festival (www.pointtap.wordpress.com) a three-day summer workshop that brought master teachers from across the country to teach and perform at UWSP. Guest artists include: Josh Hilberman, Lynn Schwab, Mark Yonally, Brandi Coleman, Ryan Korb, and the late Bob Audy.

Arriving in New York in the late 80s Jeannie discovered tap and jazz master Bob Audy’s classes at Broadway Dance Center and met Billy Siegenfeld in the mirror. While in NYC Jeannie taught tap and Jump Rhythm ® Technique at Steps on Broadway and Manhattanville College.  For over twenty years she enjoyed performing and teaching with Billy Siegenfeld, artistic director of Jump Rhythm Jazz Project. Jeannie continues to be an artistic advisor to the company and to study with Billy whenever schedules permit. While in NYC Jeannie also danced with Manhattan Tap. During seven years of rehearsals and touring, guided by artistic director Heather Cornell, she was introduced to the ever-expanding international community of rhythm tap dancers and jazz musicians. Jeannie’s had incredible opportunities to share the stage with numerous tap and jazz greats including Brenda Bufalino and the late Buster Brown, Jimmy Slyde, and Jeni LeGon at venues like Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, New York’s Joyce and Duke Theatres, and Theatre Comédie in Montpellier, France. 

Her varied performance career includes dancing the Morton Gould Tap Dance Concerto with the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra, Noh dancing in Robert Wilson and David Byrne’s the knee plays (Suzushi Hanyagi, choreographer); originating the role of Clara in Drika Overton’s jazz-tap Nutcracker Clara's Dream; touring with Mike Gordon (Phish) as a tap dancing rock jam-band member; performing at The Supper Club in New York in a five-month run of A 40s’ Review with the Tony Corbiscello Big Band, and ten years with comic country band, The Chalks (including an appearance on Comedy Central's Premium Blend, release of a cd of original music, and co-authorship of a sit-com pilot script for Big Ticket Television).