By Nicole Harris
One of my favorite things about NACHMO Boston is the number of new people I get to meet! It’s so exciting to watch our community strengthen and grow every year! Here is Jennifer Binversie, a NACHMO first timer!
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N: You have done a lot of teaching in your career. What is your favorite thing about being an educator? What do you hope your students can take away from their time with you?
JB: Teaching is my passion and my strength. It amazes me how our job as educators is to make our dancers better than the generation before then because we have that much more information in us then our teachers had in them! I hope my students take away an appreciation for the art of dance. I teach dancers varying from outreach programs to classical ballet schools and I always say that if after all of this you decide you don’t like dance at least when you see dance on the stage you have an appreciation for the art and an understanding that what those dancers are doing is not easy and in the very least you give them credit for that.
N: How have you been handling quarantine? What have you been doing to keep moving and creating during this year?
JB: My creative dance juices turned into creative knit juices. I became a test knitter for an amazing knitwear designer Knit Sisu. I learned how to cross stitch. Took up a new language and even took golf lessons because I just never learned!
N: NACHMO brings unusual challenges to our creative processes and this year adds a whole new slew of things to think about. How will you change your process to deal with the short timeline and the obstacles 2021 brings us? What are you most excited about in this process? What are you most nervous about? How are those things different than years past?
JB: This is my first year with NACHMO as I identify myself as a dancer and dance educator. Choreography does not come easy to me so already joining NACHMO was a huge step for me and I’m already nervous! I’m really falling back on different exercises I learned in college at the University of Hartford to help me out. With the choreographic prompt of “searching for Joy” I have been writing down all the things that have made me happy over this last year and surprisingly there are more than you think!
N: Who are your mentors? What makes those relationships special to you? What are you doing to pay forward the gifts they have given you?
JB: It’s amazing to think about all the people that have impacted you in a positive way and they don’t even know they did! When I moved to Boston three years ago I was so lucky that I was taken in by a supportive female ran business at Upward Spiral Studio and then followed by my Education and Community Initiative family at Boston Ballet where I have learned and continue to learn so much from teachers like Erin McNulty and Mary Teuscher. Never have I felt the importance of the statement, females supporting females then I have during my time here in Boston and I make it a priority to continue that mentality whenever I can be it via the dance community or otherwise.
N: It is important to us that we continue to lift up other artists in our community. Who are some of your favorite local choreographers? Why?
JB: I have worked with dancers of NSquared twice now and they never disappoint when it comes to feeding off of each others energies on stage. I also love watching pieces and taking class from choreographer Jenna Pollack. And of course another shout out to choreographer Erin McNulty as I worked with her in a contemporary music video she choreographed for.