Brianna Jahn

Assistant Professor of Dance

 

Brianna Jahn received her M.F.A. in Dance and Certificate in College Teaching from the University of Arizona, her B.F.A. in Dance from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and is a Professional Fletcher Pilates teacher. In addition to Southern Miss, Jahn has taught at SUNY Buffalo, the University of Arizona, and in the private sector.

Choreographically, Jahn is inspired by various art mediums, human connections, and travel. Rather than presenting a clear narrative, she is interested in designing contemporary work that expresses a concept or theme from multiple angles. Her work is often collaborative, crossing artistic disciplinary boundaries by incorporating film, poetry, and site-specific elements.

As a freelance artist, and member of the following dance companies, Jahn has performed in and choreographed for numerous festivals and concerts in the U.S. and Mexico. She is a current member of Hub Dance Collective, a modern dance company in Hattiesburg, MS. In the past, she performed with the contemporary ballet company Configuration Dance Theatre under the direction of Joseph Cipolla, and was a founding member, and guest choreographer, in Hayley Sunshine’s contemporary jazz dance company Converge Dance Buffalo. As a member of Zodiaque Dance Company she performed works by Anne Burnidge, Cathy Allen, Matt Pardo, Jon Lehrer, Kerry Ring, and Tressa Gorman-Crehan.

Jahn approaches movement creation, and teaching, from an expressive, yet anatomically sound perspective. She studied and taught at Body Works Pilates, Kyria Sabin's studio, and the international headquarters for the Fletcher Pilates® Program of Study. She is a fully qualified Professional Fletcher Pilates® teacher who developed the Fletcher Pilates® for Cyclists program with the nationally renowned El Grupo cycling troupe. This study, along with her interest in anatomy, biomechanics, kinesiology and the Alexander Technique has improved her ability to effectively teach to each dancer's unique body structure and needs. In 2018, she presented her Basic Fitness and Placement Evaluation at the Dance Science and Somatics Educators conference. She is interested in research that increases the longevity of dancers' careers and feels that the study of mind-body connections is crucial to preserving the integrity of an artist's work.

Jahn’s study of vernacular jazz movements, and Giordano, Luigi and Mattox styles/techniques influence the historical perspective from which she approaches jazz dance. Her ballet study is informed by multiple perspectives: Cecchetti, Vagonava and Balanchine traditions as well as a somatic approach to classical movement. As a modern dance artist, she trained in traditional, post-modern, and contemporary techniques. She draws inspiration from various organizations, residencies, and continuing education workshops in the dance field, including the American Dance Festival’s Dance Professional Workshop, the National Dance Education Organization, Giordano Dance Chicago, Urban Bush Women, Jump Rhythm Jazz, HT Chen and Dancers, and Taylor 2.

In Fall 2016, Jahn was thrilled to join the faculty of the Southern Miss Department of Dance where she has the opportunity to do everything she loves most: teach a variety of subjects to passionate adults (modern, ballet, jazz, social dance, dance & technology, dance appreciation, performance project, improvisation, dance conditioning, music analysis for dance, dance production), choreograph for multiple venues with talented students, engage with the greater university community, and perform and choreograph with HUB Dance Collective.