Jennifer Aoki is a contemporary dance artist based in Vancouver. Born in North Vancouver, she fell in love with movement through acrobatics, tap dancing, baton twirling, and marching band. In 2010 Jen completed a BFA in contemporary dance from Simon Fraser University, and co-founded a small dance collective called Triadic Dance Works with whom she presented the full-length work Ceremonial Sketches (2012), curated the mixed program Dime A Dozen (2013), and performed in various venues in the Lower Mainland and Seattle. From 2013-2016, Aoki travelled to Europe to train abroad at Balletakadamien Stockholm, Danscentrum Stockholm, Marameo and Dock 11 in Berlin, Impulstanz in Vienna, and Henry Jurrien in Amsterdam.
Jen has showcased her choreography at Nah Dran (Berlin), Summer Showcase (Amsterdam), Calgary Fringe Festival, To.Be.Announced, Presentation House, and Art for Impact. Choreographic residencies include Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, SFU Woodwards, Launch Pad, and Mascall Dance’s BLOOM series. Aoki has danced in works by Meredith Kalaman, Jacinte Armstrong, Patricia Allison, Barbara Lindenberg, Jenn Edwards, Anna Kraulis, Jamee Valin, and Body Narratives Collective. Jen’s interest in collaboration has led her to work with composer/musicians Elliot Vaughan, Jakob Liljenwall, and Zane Barratt, as well as lighting designer Jonathan Kim. In Summer 2018, Aoki’s Viewer Discretion will be hitting the stage at Dancing on the Edge in Vancouver as well as the Winnipeg Fringe Festival.
Jen will be teaching at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Urban Dance Co., and Bonsor during the 2018-2019 season. She enjoys giving back to the community by sharing her experiences and knowledge with her students. Jen encourages her students to be creative and explore self expression while developing full body integration and dynamic alignment. Aoki is currently working towards her STOTT Pilates Matwork and Reformer certification.