Jill Oliver, Owner, Artistic Director
Jill studied ballet throughout the United States, beginning when she was six years old. Her training included all of the major ballet techniques. She studied with Ann Etgen and Bill Atkinson, Janne Jackson Dean, Raya Lee and at the Contra Costa Ballet Centre School, among others. She studied Vaganova technique with Victor and Tatiana Kasatsky, Lucimary Montiero-Bly and under Erki Tann.
Jill performed with Danse Allegresse (Annandale, NJ) as a company member. For five years she was a member of Today's Generation Dance Company (San Ramon, CA), performing as a soloist for two years. Jill was also employed as rehearsal director and repetiteur for Today's Generation's junior company. Jill danced professionally with Ballet Unlimited (Orange, CA) for three years, performing as an apprentice, soloist and guest artist. Her roles included Chinese, Reeds, Spanish, Mouse and Sugarplum from the Nutcracker, and she performed variations from Les Sylphides, Swan Lake, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote and Le Corsaire in company repertory. With Ballet Unlimited Jill performed soloist roles in Hansel and Gretel, La Boutique Fantasque, The Seasons, Bird Dances, Confrontations, Souvenirs, and Stars and Stripes. Most recently, Jill appeared in Colorado Ballet's 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 productions of the Nutcracker and in Angular Momentum Ballet Ensemble's Dance and Dessert 2004 and 2005.
Jill's teaching experience spans more than 25 years and includes students of all ages and levels. Jill studied the pre-barre program developed by the Vagonova Academy with Lucimary Montiero-Bly for three years and has taught the program at West Coast Conservatory of Ballet's Summer Intensive and privately. Jill was Artistic Director and CEO of Angular Momentum Ballet Ensemble and taught Levels 1-3 and Dance Conditioning at the Academy of Colorado Ballet. Jill also taught in Colorado Ballet’s Dance Renaissance program for three years. She presented Athleticism & Dance for Colorado Ballet’s Department of Education and Outreach and did presentations in area elementary schools on Michael Pink’s Dracula and Hunchback of Notre Dame, Don Quixote, The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty and other Colorado Ballet productions. Jill staged and rehearsed Academy of Colorado Ballet students for Colorado Ballet’s Nutcracker battle scene for three years.
Jill began studying Pilates in 1986 and has been teaching Pilates since 1993. Her initial certification training was with Rael Isacowitz in Costa Mesa, CA. She also studied with Ann Barbour (pilates and Alexander Technique) and completed certification training through Stott Pilates as well.
Jill has studied body rolling (Yamuna Body Rolling and small ball myofascial release), kinesiology, functional anatomy, human anatomy and physiology, and is currently studying the Franklin Method, the Schroth Method of scoliosis treatment and Scolio-Pilates.
Jill has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Pomona College and is a member of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science and the IDEA Health and Fitness Association.