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Shirley Jenkins

Adjunct Instructor

Shirley Jenkins received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Utah, majoring in Modern Dance with an emphasis in Performance, Choreography and Teaching. While completing her BFA requirements in 1975 she was asked to be a founding member of the celebrated Bill Evans Dance Company. In 1976, the board of directors of Dance Theater Seattle invited the company to move to Seattle.  Shirley had a prolific career as a touring member and master instructor of the Evans company, performing in major cities and rural communities via the National Endowment for the Arts Dance Touring Program.
Jenkins formed her own company, Strong Wind Wild Horses, and collaborated with musicians, including Denny Goodhew, James Knapp, Scott Cossu, Michael Cava, Mark Seals, Steve Kim, Tom Bergersen, Fred West, the Kinetics and many others. Ms. Jenkins also founded a nonprofit organization, Dance On Capitol Hill, for the Seattle community. As Artistic Director, she developed dance education programs for the novice to the professional, a performance venue featuring local and international choreographers and a home for her dance company. Ms. Jenkins also established outreach programs by producing summer dance camps for homeless children.
Ms Jenkins has been an Artist-In-Residence at scores of universities dance festivals throughout the U.S. and internationally. Her choreographic and teaching residencies have included the University of Washington, Cornish College of the Arts, Bill Evans Summer Institutes, Rhode Island University, Middlebury College, Pennsylvania State University, Columbia College, Alaska and Kentucky Out-Reach Programs, and international festivals in Bonn, Germany and Taipei, Taiwan.
In 1997 everything changed… Shirley sustained a severe spinal injury while dancing followed by a uterine cancer illness. And believe it or not… nine years later endured surgery and chemo/radiation therapy for breast cancer. But wait…in 2007, Ms. Mustang Jenkins underwent surgery for a total hip replacement.  Yikes!  Shirley never knew she could fight so hard to pick herself up from the ashes and she often wondered if dancing again was a crazy idea…She decided she is crazy and embraces it!
Ms. Jenkins is currently an Adjunct Instructor at Cornish College of the Arts and on the teaching staff of Velocity Dance Center. Shirley is also a well-respected Pilates Instructor at Pilates Seattle International, specializing in athletic injury and rehabilitation.
In 2010, Shirley formed a new dance company. Her relentless perseverance is reflected in her new dance company, DanceJENKINSDance. DJD acknowledges all ages and walks of life with choreography that is poetic, humorous and introspective, celebrating resiliency of the human spirit.