Jennifer Kitchens was born in Plano, Texas where she began her dance training at Ballet Dallas. After moving to Massachusetts, she continued training at Boston Ballet on scholarship and was trained in the Balanchine method at Ballet Workshop of New England throughout high school as well. Growing up, she was accepted to and attended summer intensives including Miami City Ballet, Orlando Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Virginia School of the Arts, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, and Burklyn Ballet Theater.
Jennifer graduated from Mercyhurst College with a BA in Dance under the direction of Tauna Hunter (former principal dancer with Ballet West.) There she performed in many ballets including "Giselle" and "Coppelia," as well as several modern, jazz, and contemporary works. She also choreographed three works on her fellow classmates while at Mercyhurst.
Jennifer was offered a contract with Atlanta Festival Ballet upon graduation, where she danced professionally for seven years. There she performed roles such as 'Elsa' from "The Frozen Ballet," 'Clara' from "The Nutcracker," 'White rabbit' from "Alice in Wonderland," 'Pas de trois' from "Swan Lake," and 'White Cat' of 'Puss in Boots' from "The Sleeping Beauty." While at Atlanta Festival Ballet, she was invited to dance and choreograph for "Rippled Effect," a gala performance with many professional Atlanta based dancers. Jennifer also had the privilege to choreograph two pieces on The Georgia Ballet's professional company in 2011 and 2012. In 2017, Jennifer became a freelance artist and was hired to perform in the ballet, "Uncaged's Christmas," under the direction of Rebekah Diaddigo. Jennifer has also been hired as a guest artist to perform the role "Snow White" in North Georgia School of Ballet's "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves." Jennifer is very excited to continue her professional dancing career at Tampa Ballet Theatre!