The Columbus State University Dance Conservatory Announces New Master Teacher, Executive/Artistic Director

The Columbus State University Dance Conservatory and the Columbus Ballet are pleased to announce the dual appointment of Jenifer Sarver as the master teacher of the conservatory and the executive/artistic director of the ballet.

Sarver brings an extensive and wide-ranging level of experience to Columbus. She performed extensively as a soloist in the classical repertoire throughout Europe, America and Asia, worked as a critic and reporter for several print and online dance magazines, taught at several large ballet companies in America and Europe and choreographed dozens of short-length and full-length dance concerts.

"I am absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to come to Columbus and join the wonderful and welcoming team at Columbus Ballet and CSU's Department of Continuing & Professional Education. It's very rare to know instinctively, as soon as you see a position advertised, that this is absolutely what you want to do, and where you want to do it; yet, I felt that connection immediately. These feelings were confirmed completely when I came to Columbus and taught class at the CSU Dance Conservatory, and had the chance to speak more with CSU and the Columbus Ballet Board--I was delighted with everything I saw and learned, and was particularly impressed by the atmosphere at the ballet, the gentle, yet serious way all approached their work.”

“From a candidate pool that literally spanned the globe, Jenifer Sarver stood out immediately,” says Henry McCoy, President of the Columbus Ballet Board of Directors. “It’s not just her extensive professional and educational experience, which are certainly admirable. It’s her dedication to and passion for classical ballet and, more specifically, how a classical civic ballet company is vitally important to Columbus and the Chattahoochee Valley. She has a real commitment to student achievement and a real, workable vision for the arts in our community. We are thrilled she will be joining us.”

Ms. Sarver will be teaching in Russia as a guest artist this summer, and will assume her duties in August.