Jen Guy Metcalf began her dance training in Jacksonville, Florida where she trained at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts and Jacksonville University's Dance with Distinction Program. She attended intensive dance programs at Ballet Met in Columbus, Ohio with David Nixon, Ballet Regent in Saratoga Spring New York with Michael Steele, New World School of the Arts in Miami, Florida with Daniel Lewis, and many others. Jen studied with notable teachers such as Finis Jhung, Yoko Ichino, Tina Santos-Wahl, Nicolas Petrov, Laura Alonso, Alberto Alonso, Dulce Anaya, and Linda Reifsnyder-Jenkins. She has danced soloist and leading roles in a full repertoire of ballets including "Swan Lake," "Coppélia," "Les Sylphides," "Serenade," "Paquita," "The Nutcracker," and more. Jen holds an M.F.A. in Dance Choreography from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a B.F.A. in Dance with a concentration in Ballet from Point Park University.
Jen performed many original works during her time with the Playhouse Dance Company and New World School of the Arts, Other works she performed were originally choreographed for the New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet, and Limón Dance Company, among others. She performed with Bodiography Contemporary Ballet at venues in Pittsburgh and throughout the northeast including the distinguished Elsie Awards at the Carnegie Museum where Rob Marshall was honored for his choreographic and directing work. In 2008-2009, Jen toured with The Kearns Dance Project during the North Carolina Dance Festival. Her most recent performance work includes collaborative duets with dancer, Carlos Miller, of Les Ballets Trokadero de Monte Carlo.
She has created innovative works using video, sounds, lights, architecture, and multi-media for dance performances and festivals in the United States and in Canada. Jen's works have been performed by the Greensboro Ballet, Bodiography Contemporary Ballet, Salem College Dance Company, Goldsboro Ballet, Weaver Academy, Northern High School Dance Company, Greensboro Performing Arts Center and Florida Southern College. Her choreography has been produced by the North Carolina Dance Alliance, North Carolina Dance Festival, Triangle Dance Project, and by the Emerging Choreographers Concert in Jacksonville, Florida.
In 2010, Jen filmed and edited the North Carolina Dance Festival 20th Anniversary video that was screened during their tour to Charlotte, Wilmington, Greensboro, Boone, and Raleigh. Her filming and editing skills have been employed by dance schools, professional dance companies, and independent choreographers. She was awarded a research grant from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro to study at the Dance for the Camera Program in Victoria, BC, Canada under the direction of Ellen Bromberg. Since that time, Jen has created six dance films with artists who have performed with Bolshoi Ballet, Los Angeles Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet, Ballet San Antonio, Barak Ballet and more. Those films have been the official selection of over twenty-five film festivals in the United States, Ireland, Sweden, Scotland, Amsterdam, Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Jen is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Elon University where she teaches Ballet, Pointe, Dance for the Camera and directs the Fall Dance Concert. In the summer, she teaches Dance for the Camera at the Elon in Los Angeles program.
Director: Jen Guy Metcalf
Performers: Megan Rink, Christopher Charles McDaniel
Cinematographer: J McMerty
Editors: Jen Guy Metcalf and Andrew Steinitz
Choreographer: Jen Guy Metcalf with reimagined choreography by Jan Van Dyke
Director: Jen Guy Metcalf
Performers: Alex Castillo, Dan Collins, Allister Dahlberg, Gianna Jigarhan, Heather Leffler, Allynne Noelle
Director of Photography: J McMerty
Composer: Philip G. Anderson
Costumer: Karl Green
Editor: Ben Stringfellow
Camera Operators: J McMerty, Tyler Diamond, Brian Szymanski