Jamey L. Rislin
Ensemble Member & Assistant to Artistic Director
Jamey Leeanne Rislin is a native of Montclair, New Jersey. Jamey received her early dance and theatre training as a member of The School of Visual and Performing Arts at Montclair High School. She has danced as an apprentice with Premiere Dance Theatre and was fortunate to attend The Summer Arts Institute (SAI) and The Governor’s School in New Jersey. Jamey attended Mount Holyoke College and double majored in Dance and Psychology.
While at Mount Holyoke Jamey was a member of the Five College Dance Consortium and completed an honors thesis entitled ‘Pushing People To Ponder: Using Art To Comment On Social Justice Issues’.Jamey obtained additional training as a member of PHILADANCO’s Instructional Training Program and Danco2. Later she received her Masters in Social Work from The University of Pennsylvania where she established The Social Work Arts Project (SWAP). Jamey has performed works by Karen Love of The Umoja Dance Company; Trebian Pollard of Pilobolous Dance Company and Keila Cordova of Keila Cordova Dances. She has studied with Dottie Walker Bennett, Karen Love, Wade Madsen, Jim Coleman, Terese Freedman, Rose Flachs, Cassandra Phifer Moore, Pat Thomas and Milton Myers. She has taught dance at local schools throughout the Philadelphia Area and at Mount Holyoke and Bryn Mawr Colleges.Jamey is currently a principle dancer & dance captain with Danse4Nia Repertory Ensemble and a member of The Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church where she dances with The Spirit of David Dance Ministry. Jamey works as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D in Counseling Psychology. Jamey continues to be interested in using dance as a didactic tool to promote social change, social awareness and social progress.