About The Teacher

ennifer Nichols, choreographer and professional dancer, is also founder and director of the elite ballet fitness program, The Extension Method™ (recently featured in The Globe and Mail and Canadian Living). She is owner of The Extension Room, a multi-purpose dance and fitness studio in downtown Toronto. In addition to acting as the home of Jennifer’s ballet fitness program, The Extension Room presents new works of dance, opera and classical music, and offers affordable space to artists for creation.

Originally from Collingwood, Ontario, Jennifer received her professional ballet training from the Quinte Ballet School and L’Ecole Superieure de Danse du Quebec, and post graduate studies with Ballet BC. She has danced professionally for such companies as Les Grands Ballets Canadiens and Banff Festival Dance, and has been a company member of Opera Atelier Ballet since 2008. She will return with Opera Atelier in 2015 to perform at the Opera Royale de Versailles.

Jennifer is Co. Artistic Director of the Toronto based company Hit and Run Dance Productions, founded in 2003, producing works across Canada and internationally. She has worked with Against the Grain Theatre as choreographer of their Messiah in 2013 and will be choreographer of the Royal Conservatory’s production of La Belle Helene in spring 2015. Jennifer is also choreographer of the CBS hit television show ‘REIGN’ (CW network). Other onscreen choreography and performance credits include the feature film ‘Barney’s Version’, BRAVO film ‘Nureyev’, Paramount feature film ‘Save the Last Dance 2’ and the National Film Board’s ‘Dance of Death’.

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