Faculty & Staff
Professor - Dance
Jeannie Hill joined the University of
Wisconsin – Stevens Point faculty in 2004 and teaches Tap, Jazz, Musical
Theatre Dance, Composition and Career Seminar.
This summer will mark the 4th Point Tap Festival
(www.pointtap.wordpress.com) a three-day summer workshop Jeannie produces that
brings master teachers from across the country to teach and perform at UWSP.
Guest artists include: Robert Audy, Josh Hilberman, Lynn Schwab, Mark Yonally,
Brandi Coleman and Ryan Korb. Participants include UWSP alums, current
students, local dancers and professional tap teachers and performers from
around the country and Europe.
Each year Jeannie choreographs for the
UWSP faculty concert Danstage and for main stage musicals. Her
collaboration with mathematics professor Cindy McCabe and the UWSP Women’s
basketball team brought rhythms of the Fibonacci sequence to the Noel Fine Arts
Center with a Courtyard Connections lecture and to Jenkins Theater in Danstage
i2012. This spring the McCabe-Hill collaboration continues with “Fibonacci
Rhythms: Moving Mathematics” workshops for 7th & 8th graders at UWSP’s Women and Science fair. Jeannie’s
ballet for freshmen repertory “Le Bal de Beatrice D’Este” offered dance
students in their first year the opportunity to perform with UWSP’s Wind
Ensemble under the direction of Professor Brendan Caldwell. Her UWSP
musical theatre choreography credits include: Lucky Stiff, Thoroughly Modern
Millie, Drood, Rent, Hair, Urinetown, Pirates of Penzance, Crazy For You,
Fiddler on the Roof and coming this May, The Producers.
Jeannie‘s professional choreographic commissions include creating dances for
Auburn University, Decidedly Jazz Danceworks (Calgary), Point Park University,
The Legacy Dancers, Step Aside, Tappers With Attitude, Manhattan Tap, Jump
Rhythm Jazz Project and Northwestern University.
As a tap soloist Jeannie’s performances
as part of the Hoofer’s Weekend in New Orleans with Brenda Bufalino and late
tap masters James Buster Brown, Jimmy Slyde and Jeni LeGon bring fond memories.
Incredible opportunities to share the stage with numerous tap and jazz musician
greats at venues and festivals like Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, New
York’s Tap City at the Joyce Theatre and the Duke Theatre, Zinno’s, Discover
Jazz Festival, Sculler's Jazz Club, Chicago Human Rhythm Project, St. Louis Tap
Festival, Southern California Tap Festival and The Saco River Grange Hall
highlight her career. Attendance at her first tap festival in 1990 provided
inspiration for Jeannie to audition for Manhattan Tap (Heather Cornell,
artistic director). During the seven years of rehearsals and touring that
followed she was introduced to the ever-expanding international community of
rhythm tap dancers and the pleasure of working with great terrific jazz
Jeannie's current collaborations with UWSP
music faculty include an informal concert, Music in Between, with Ryan
Korb, David Hastings, Dave Story, and Matthew Buchman and, in March, Gypsy Radio
and The Rock and Roll Consecration, Brendan Caldwell’s new song cycle.
Her varied performance career includes
international touring as a Noh dancer in Robert Wilson and David Byrne’s the
knee plays (Suzushi Hanyagi, choreographer); originating the role of Clara
in the world premiere of 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).
Jeannie continues her longtime
association with Chicago-based Jump Rhythm Jazz Project (Billy Siegenfeld,
artistic director) performing, teaching with and choreographing for the company
whenever schedules permit. (www.jrjp.org) For over twenty years she has enjoyed
touring nationally and internationally with the company. Jeannie shares
Jump Rhythm’s unique rhythm-first approach to movement learning, Jump Rhythm ®
Technique with UWSP Theatre & Dance students. Jump Rhythm Jazz Project:
Getting There, a one-hour TV special documenting the work of JRJP was
produced by HMS Media and held its premiere on Chicago's WTTW in May of 2007.
Along with the rest of the company members Jeannie received an Emmy Award
(Outstanding Achievement for Individual Excellence on Camera: Performer) for
her performance in the documentary.
While living in NYC Jeannie taught tap and Jump
Rhythm ® Technique at Steps on Broadway and Manhattanville College. Jeannie
holds a BA in Theatre from the University of Vermont (1985) and an MFA in Dance
from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, Peck School of the Arts (2009).