Jill Oliver, 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 productions of the Nutcracker and in Angular Momentum Ballet Ensemble's Dance and Dessert 2004 and 2005
Jill's teaching experience spans more than 30 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 also teaches Pilates and pilates-based dance conditioning. Jill was Artistic Director and CEO of Angular Momentum Ballet Ensemble and taught Ballet and Dance Conditioning at the Academy of Colorado Ballet. Jill staged and rehearsed academy students for battle scene for Colorado Ballet’s Nutcracker for three seasons. Jill is currently Director of Thrive Ballet.
Jill has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Pomona College.