Jen Guy Metcalf is an Assistant Professor of Dance in the Department of Performing Arts at Elon University. She is a teacher, choreographer, dancer, filmmaker, and scholar. Her research interests include dance pedagogy, the use of video technology in the classroom as a teaching tool, and rehearsal process. Metcalf’s creative research focuses on producing innovative choreography and incorporating multi-media in dance performance.
Metcalf teaches Ballet I-VI, Pointe, Special Topics in Dance, Dance Ensemble, Choreography I-II, The Global Experience, and Independent Studies in Dance. She is the director of the annual fall dance concert, “Dancing in the Black Box,” which is a showcase of Elon faculty and student choreography. Metcalf often serves as a guest artist for professional dance companies and dance schools where she teaches and choreographs. This fall, she was invited to be a guest artist at the Weaver Academy for the Performing and Visual Arts where she taught contemporary ballet classes and set a work on junior and senior dance majors.As a dancer, Metcalf performed many original works with Bodiography Contemporary Ballet, Playhouse Dance Company, Jacksonville Ballet Theatre, The Kearns Dance Project, Greensboro Ballet, and for many independent choreographers. She performed leading roles in ballets such as, "Swan Lake," "Les Sylphides," "Paquita," "The Nutcracker," "Giselle," "Romeo and Juliet," "Serenade," "Coppélia" and "Con Amour" in addition to performing work originally choreographed for the New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet, and Limón Dance Company. As a member of Bodiography Contemporary Ballet, Metcalf performed at venues in Pittsburgh and on tour including the distinguished Elsie Awards at the Carnegie Museum where Oscar nominee and Emmy Award winning, Rob Marshall, was honored for his choreographic and directing work. Most recently, she performed on the North Carolina Dance Festival tour with The Kearns Dance Project and with artist, Dr. Larry Lavender, at the National Dance Education Organization Conference in Manhattan.
In 2008, Metcalf founded TERRANOVA Dance Theatre in Greensboro, North Carolina. The mission of the company is to create innovative work for the stage (concert dance), site (site-specific dance) and screen (dance for camera). She has created innovative works using video, sounds, lights, architecture and multi-media for dance companies and festivals in the United States and in Canada. Metcalf’s work has been performed by Elon Dance Company, Bodiography Contemporary Ballet, Greensboro Ballet, Goldsboro Ballet, Salem College Dance Company, Artistic Motion School of Dance, Northern Guilford High School Dance Company, and Jacksonville University Summer Dance Intensive. Her work has been produced by dance festivals such as, the North Carolina Dance Alliance, North Carolina Dance Festival, American College Dance Festival Association, Triangle Dance Project, Greensboro Fringe Festival, and the Emerging Choreographers Concert in Jacksonville, Florida.Metcalf was hired to film and edit the North Carolina Dance Festival 20th Anniversary documentary video that was screened during their 2010-2011 tour to Burlington, 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 UNCG’s School of Human Health and Performance to study at the Dance for the Camera program in Victoria, BC, Canada under the direction of Ellen Bromberg. There she made the dance film, “Atelier,” which was screened in New York at the Kinetic Cinema Dance on Camera Film Screening and at Movies by Movers in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Metcalf recently collaborated with her husband, Christian Metcalf, who is a director at WXII Channel 12 NBC News in Winston-Salem. Together they created the dance film, “Living Room,” which was selected to be screened at the Oklahoma Dance Film Festival in November 2012.
Metcalf holds an M.F.A. in Choreography from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a B.F.A. in Dance with a concentration in Ballet from the Conservatory of Performing Arts at Point Park University. She is a member of the North Carolina Dance Alliance, American College Dance Festival Association, Dance Films Association, and the National Dance Education Organization.