Jen Ray has always been a Dancinephile,
even before she had the words or works to express it.
Dancinema is not just the name of her company, it's her vocation.
Started while completing her B.A. Film Studies at UBC Vancouver,
Dancinema has quickly evolved into a respected international brand producing dancefilms, workshops, and events including Cascadia Dance & Cinema Festival (Vancouver, BC) and Capitol Dance & Cinema Festival (Washington, DC).
She has enjoyed and appreciated opportunities such as Cucalorus Festival's Residency, screening at many festivals including Los Angeles Dance Film Festival, being selected for twice Dance Teacher Magazine, creating a Suspira-inspired Goblin Ballet for Vancouver's Cinematheque, and collaborating with
The JaM Project on their productions at Dancerpalooza's 25Live! and
The Kennedy Centre, to highlight a few.
Ray not only directs and produces Dancinema's festivals,
but also curates with Cucalorus Festival (Wilmington, NC),
Screendance International (Detroit, MI), and works with organizations to create unique and awesome experiences.
Through Discover Dancinema workshops, as co- director of The JaM Youth Project,
and Advisory Panel Member for YPAD: Youth Protection Advocates in Dance,
Jen Ray's influence is one that inspires a culture of well-rounded,
critical-minded, and multi-talented individuals.
She's thrilled to be a Board Member of Screendance Forum, and now as a guest curator for Screendance Collective, her favourite online resource for high quality works, insight and connecting with other Dancinephiles who share a similar curiosity and affinity for the endless combinations of the tangible and digital.