jillallen 618b0f4a (Lawrence, KS) learned to love dance in college. She began taking nursing classes but much preferred spending time at the university dance studio. She eventually ended up with a bachelor’s degree in dance performance in 1979. She came upon her first local contra dance in the early 80s, oblivious to what it was or how deeply it would change her life. It was love at first step, and she never looked back. Her tap dancing became clogging, and soon she learned to call for dances. With experience in dance education, Jill was a natural boss on the dance floor. Soon after that she met a fiddler, got married and quit her day job to pursue a career in calling, along with motherhood. Some early piano training came in handy and she also began playing for dances. Jill has been on the organizing board for local dances and chief organizer for dance weekends. She has been the force behind the Lawrence Family Dance for nearly 14 years. Recently she co-created the Lawrence English Dance, and a new community dance series called the Uptown Hoedown. She has been a regular at CDSS camps, partly because of her two children who have also caught the dance and music bug, and partly because of the many ideas and the material she brings home to her community each year. She is a member of the band Fox on the Run with her husband Greg. She loves to see people of all ages moving to music and loves to be a part of making it happen.
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