Jennifer (Keller) Rathbun
has studied various styles including ballet, jazz, lyrical, modern, tap, Latin and theatre dance for over twenty-five years, receiving her primary instruction from Genevieve Severens. Over the past sixteen years, she has taught at various metro-Boston dance studios and public schools and is thrilled to join the team at IPAC this year!
In her most recent position as Director of School Outreach at Community Music Center of Boston she oversees music, dance and drama outreach programs throughout Boston, reaching over 3,000 children annually, and providing access-based arts initiatives for some of the city's most deserving populations. Teaching at IPAC represents an opportunity to return to her teaching roots, as a former dance and drama teaching artist in Boston Public Schools. The centerpiece of her work with youth focuses upon expanding their artistic horizons by empowering them to engage with thoughtful, non-traditional strategies that allow for creative and personal growth pathways to success both in and outside of the studio.
Miss Jenn is certified in group exercise by AFAA and is also a licensed Zumba instructor. Her graduate work at Lesley University in Elementary Education specialized in creative arts in learning. A passion for the performing arts, fitness and the transformative power of creative youth development practices inform her teaching each day. She is delighted to share the joy of dance and drama with her students and strives to make her classes creative, safe spaces for dancers of all ages and abilities to explore the arts. When she is not teaching, she can be found either on a yoga mat, cuddling her pup Tessie-Lou, cooking for her family or training dogs at the local animal shelter.