Jennifer Owen--Co-Artistic Director, Choreographer, Dancer
Jennifer Owen's ballet career has taken her around the globe. After training with Pacific Northwest Ballet School, San Francisco Ballet School, School of American Ballet, and the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, she went on to dance with the Russian State Ballet, Moscow Renaissance Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Hong Kong Ballet, BalletMet, and had the unique experience of appearing as a guest artist with the National Ballet of Turkmenistan. Notable roles danced include the title role in Giselle, Kitri in Don Quixote, principal roles in George Balanchine's Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux and Donizetti Variations, and the central pas de deux in Todd Bolender's Arena. She has choreographed over thirty new works for the Owen/Cox Dance Group, as well as nine works for Kansas City Ballet's "In the Wings" choreographic workshop, and a winning entry for the 2006 Columbus Choreography Project. Owen is the recipient of a 2000 Princess Grace Honorarium.
Brad Cox--Co-Artistic Director, Composer
A composer in the uniquely American Ellington model, Brad is dedicated to forming long lasting relationships with musicians and writing music for those musicians. Brad is a founder and contributing composer to The People's Liberation Big Band of Greater Kansas City, and conceived and organized the ensemble’s versions of The Nutcracker and the Mouse King and The Battleship Potemkin. In addition to his work with Owen/Cox Dance Group, he has created compositions and arrangements for Sony Classical recording artist Nathan Granner, Grammy award-winning producer and engineer Russ Elevado, Paris-based songwriter Krystle Warren and nationally-recognized puppeteer Paul Mesner. Brad is a 2009 recipient of the Tanne Foundation Award, and 2010 recipient of the Charlotte Street Foundation Generative Performing Artist Award.
Christine Colby Jacques--Rehearsal Director
Ms. Colby Jacques comes to the Midwest from New York City where she debuted on Broadway as a principle in the original cast of Bob Fosse's Dancin'. She continued working with Mr. Fosse in the Broadway revival and First National Tour of Sweet Charity as Ursula and one of the legendary Spender Girls. Other credits: Radio City Music Hall Rockette; film - Annie, A Chorus Line; music videos; National and local TV commercials; Wolf Trap Farm Park (Dancer in Residence); Guest Artist - Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre Workshop, Kansas City Ballet (Souvenirs); Spokesperson for Danskin's The Magic of Dance hosted and narrated by Margot Fonteyne; Artist in Residence - Stephens College, K-State, College Conservatory of Music (Cincinnati); Christine continues to teach Master Classes throughout the country.