The Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Awards
Jill Eathorne Bahr
2008 Recipient for Individual Artist
As resident choreographer for the Charleston Ballet Theatre, Jill Bahr combines her extensive dance and choreography training with a keen business sense to produce creative and energy-filled performances, as well as a sound future for the theatre.
Years of training at such schools and ballets as American Ballet Theatre School, Joffrey Ballet and Houston Ballet, have led Bahr to create a unique style of her own. She integrates all styles of dance, which may flow from classical to jazz to modern to theatrical in a single performance. Her choreography is in the repertory of Atlanta Ballet, Boston Ballet, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Eddy Toussaint USA, Eugene Ballet and the Nevada Dance Theatre, to name a few.
Since joining the Charleston Ballet Theatre in 1987, Bahr has choreographed more than 40 ballets—more than half of the company's repertory. Proclaimed for being generous with her talent and energy, Bahr consistently provides opportunities for members of the company to exercise their own talents in choreography.
In keeping with her commitment to the company and its dancers, she has made numerous sacrifices during financial hardships to ensure stability and success. Her dedication has been recognized with several awards and fellowships, including three National Endowment for the Arts Choreographic Fellowships, a South Carolina Arts Commission Fellowship and the William Habich Choreography Award.