Brandi Coleman is an Artist-in-Residence in jazz dance at Southern Methodist University. She is also the associate artistic director of Jump Rhythm® Jazz Project (JRJP), an Emmy Award-winning performing and teaching company that celebrates the communal core of jazz performance: dancing, singing and storytelling in rhythmically syncopated bursts of energy.
As a performing and teaching artist with JRJP since 2001, Coleman has led residencies and master classes at universities, companies and festivals across the country and internationally, teaching technique classes and repertory to students in the areas of dance, musical theatre and acting. She has taught at: University of Minnesota-Duluth, Western Kentucky University, Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, Louisiana Dance Theatre, Point Tap Festival, University of North Texas, Ohio Northern University, Fort Wayne Ballet, University of Alaska-Anchorage, Rhode Island College, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Turku University of Applied Sciences (Turku, Finland), Southern Methodist University and Stephens College in Columbia, Mo.
In addition, Coleman has performed nationally and internationally with Jump Rhythm, received an Emmy® Award for her performance in the PBS documentary Jump Rhythm Jazz Project: Getting There and performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as a part of the JUBA! Masters of Tap and Percussive Dance performance.
From 2002 to 2014, Coleman served as an adjunct lecturer at Northwestern University and in 2009 was named to the Associated Student Government Faculty Honor Roll. Additionally, she taught jazz and tap at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wis., and most recently spent a year at Stephens College as a visiting guest artist in dance. Her choreography has been presented at Links Hall (Chicago), Northwestern University, University of Dubuque, Stephens College, Carthage College, Louisiana Dance Theatre for the Regional Dance America Conference and on the M.F.A. Dancemakers program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Coleman’s artistic and pedagogical history is rooted in rhythm-generated dancing, specifically Jump Rhythm® Technique. In Jump Rhythm® Technique, the goal is to transform the moving body into a rhythmically accurate percussion instrument. Working with the idea that every accent is an opportunity to express an idea, thought or emotion, students learn to think and create with astute musical phrasing and attention to the particularities of gesture and intention; they learn to move with the embodied syncopation and swinging triple rhythm musicality that is common to traditional jazz dance and music.
Coleman holds a B.A. in Dance from Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago and an M.F.A. in Performing Arts: Dance from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.