Jill is an international choreographer, director, teaching artist and graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts (B.F.A. in Dance), and recently received her Master of Fine Arts Degree in Musical Theatre from San Diego State University. Her early ballet training was in the Royal Academy of Dancing Syllabus and she had the honor of studying with historical jazz dance masters, Gus Giordano, Matt Mattox, Luigi, and many of their proteges. Jill's diverse teaching career spans The American Musical and Dramatic Academy (NYC), CAP21, New York University, San Diego State University, The American Academy of Ballet, Academie Danza (Modena, Italy), Abraxas Musical Akademie (Munich, Germany) and The South African Society for the Advancement of Dancing. Jill has served as an adjudicator, and guest teacher for dance organizations, competitions, conventions, theatre schools and private dance studios worldwide, having students go on to succeed in all aspects of the performance industry.
As a performer, Jill has danced at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The St. James Theatre on Broadway, numerous regional theaters throughout the US, on Broadway national tours, and across Europe as the dance captain of the musical Grease. As resident director/choreographer, Jill works with the international tour of Grease, an ongoing production with which she has been affiliated for over 15 years. She has had the honor of restaging Grease productions in cities such as Berlin, Munich, Vienna, Zurich, Istanbul, and Byblos, Lebanon.
Her recent choreographed performances include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee for Intrepid Shakespeare Company in San Marcos and Singin' in the Rain for San Diego Musical Theatre at the Spreckels Theatre.