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Jill is a modern dance choreographer, teacher and performer whose career since 1989 has spanned Boston, North Carolina, New York City, and Maine. Since moving to Maine in 2001, Jill has continued to create and present her own solo work. Jill maintains a duet collaboration with Ron Botting (NYC, and Portland Stage Company actor/dancer), and from 2004-2009 had an extensive choreographic and performance collaboration with Carol Dilley (Director of Dance at Bates College). While Jill and Carol's work was shown abundantly throughout Maine, they were also presented at the Bates Dance Festival, Dance New Amsterdam in NYC, and by The Dance Gallery at the Ailey Citigroup Theater in NYC. Jill also collaborated with Christien Polos (Boston dancer/choreographer) in 2004, in duet work, as well as the administration of a collective performance group which presented concerts in Portland and Cambridge, MA. In Maine, Jill performed works by Sarah McCormick and Sara Smith (both former NYC choreographers), was the founder and artistic director of Jill Eng/Forward and Up Dance Company from 2005-2007, and created dance works for many other Maine artists including Karen Montanaro, Maria Tzianabos, and the Thornton Academy Dance Company. Currently, Jill enjoys contact improvisation and dances regularly with Portland Community Dance and 5-Rhythms in Portland.

Prior to her career in Maine, Jill danced for numerous choreographers along the east coast, most notably Clay Taliaferro of the Jose Limon Company. She has initiated the production of a number of dance concerts throughout NC, NYC and Maine, and in 1996 founded a dance collective in NC called Independent Dancemakers. While living in NYC from 1996-2001, Jill performed her work and others' at Judson Church, The Limon Studio, University Settlement, Purchase College, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Movement Research, 550 Broadway and the Field.

You can view Jill and Carol Dilley on Youtube HERE

For an excerpt of Jill dancing in Tiny House by Sara Smith click HERE

For a review of Eng's work with Dilley click HERE

Other reviews include:

The Bar Harbor Times, Nan Lincoln, May 17, 2001 "Jill Eng performed a solo that was a marvel of athleticism and liquidity. It almost seemed as if she had strings attached or had managed to bend the laws of gravity for a moment the way she could dive to the floor and then rise again in one seamless movement."

The Portland Press Herald, Steve Feeney, Sept. 13, 2004 "Jill Spiewak Eng danced in two of the best works of the evening. 'Untold,' choreographed by (Christien) Polos...this work had the balance and compositional clarity that raises the art of dance to a higher level. Eng got a deserved ovation for an exceptional bit of work."