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EEE Company Profile: Haley Jensen

Eclectic Edge Ensemble

When did you start dancing: I was put into community classes when I was very young and stopped going because I hated wearing tights, Hah! It wasn't until I was 10 when I started taking classes seriously at Youth Dance Ensemble in Burnsville and at Apple Valley High school and have not stopped dancing since! 

College Attended/Degree: I graduated from University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana in 2015 with a BFA in dance! 

Number of years with EEE: This will be my second season with EEE!! 

Besides your time in class and rehearsal with EEE, what are your other jobs? When I am not rehearsing with EEE you will find me doing a lot of different jobs. Behind the front desk at Bierbrauer Chiropractic, Sales associate at Athleta, sitting on the Board of Directors at Youth Dance Ensemble, Dance Liaison Artist for the Modern Dance Project through YDE and district 191, and last but not least occasional dog sitter! 

What do you love about being an EEE dancer? I absolutely adore the family that is EEE and how encouraging and supportive all of the dancers are to each other. It is never a competition when we are in rehearsal or performance mode, just constant support and positive professional energy. 

As a dancer, what's something you're learning right now/ something that's inspiring you? For our upcoming show we have 7 different choreographers so we have various stylistic choices and pieces of dance. Right now I am really learning and focusing on the specificity of each different piece. Specificity in the movement but also in character and intention in some pieces. Having a strong modern dance background, I have had lot of experience with attaching on my own personal qualities to choreography in past dances, so I find myself being challenged (in a good way!) this season when choreographers are looking for precision and counts and rhythms. This is a wonderful quality to have because it aids in being a very diverse performer and I love being able to research this every rehearsal with all of these smart beautiful jazz dancers! 

Random/fun fact about yourself: I have a love and obsession with sharks!