Jennifer McQuiston Lott

Artistic Director and Founder

Jennifer McQuiston Lott enjoys a varied career that has led her around the globe as a dancer, teacher & choreographer. Company credits include Gibney Dance Company, Groundworks Dancetheater, Armitage Gone! Dance, Inlet Dance Theatre, Collective Body Dance Lab, Eglevsky Ballet, and others. She is an Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California Kaufman School of Dance, a position she has held since 2016. 


Jennifer's choreographic works and dance films have been performed across the US and internationally, and she has choreographed and created programming for USC Visions & Voices, Cleveland’s Ingenuity Festival, Gibney Dance Center, the Laguna Dance Festival, Baldwin Wallace University’s Bach Festival, Rockford Dance Company, UC Irvine’s Institute for 21st Century Creativity and music artists Son Lux & My Brightest Diamond. She has also worked as an assistant to choreographer Jodie Gates on new works for Tulsa Ballet and Kansas City Ballet, and staged Ms. Gates’ ballets at Sacramento Ballet and Princeton University.

Her many musical collaborators include Son Lux, Andrew Norman, DM Stith, The Accidentals, Jonny Rodgers, and Darren Solomon, chamber groups yMusic, Clocks in Motion, & Tenth Intervention. She has created with filmmakers Murat Eyuboglu, Mike Jones, Qian Li & Brenden Beecey; animators Adam Teninbaum & Anthony Ciannamea.


She was a featured performer in the official Son Lux videos Undone (dir. David Terry Fine) and You Don’t Know Me (dir. Nathan Johnson/The Made Shop, featuring Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany). 

Lott earned her BFA in Ballet Performance from Indiana University, and her MFA in Dance from the University of California, Irvine, where she was awarded a Graduate Fellowship, the Medici Scholarship, and the Sheila K. & James J. Peterson Community Spirit Scholarship. She is certified in GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® and is an ABT® Certified Teacher in Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. She has served on the faculty of Interlochen Summer Arts Camp, and taught master classes and workshops nationally and internationally, including DOCH (Stockholm, Sweden), Ikapa Dance Theatre (Cape Town, South Africa), the Académie Américaine de Danse (Paris, France) and Muhlenberg College (PA).

In summer of 2018, Lott became certified by Chunky Move Artistic Director Anouk Van Dijk to teach her revolutionary contemporary dance technique, Countertechnique.