Recognized for her unique and personal choreographic approach, Jill Eathorne-Bahr has been heralded as being sleek and explosive in her range of styles. Works of Bahr include her nihilistic Firebird and the "World War II Slant of Life in France" in Last Vestiges of a Torch Song Café in addition to her primal tale of a matriarch society turned upside down, The Rite of Spring. Her newest world premiere creation "Zorro" was a heralded landmark success.
Jill Eathorne Bahr is CEO of Coastal Ballet USA, a pre-professional Ballet and Academic Institution that offers a unique custom fit education for ballet dancers beginning in the 5th grade. She is a Senior Faculty Member and Choreographer for the Charleston Ballet Center for Dance, (Don & Patricia Cantwell – Directors).
Her awards include two National Endowment, (NEA) Fellowships, four Monticello Fellowships, William Habich Choreography Award, two South Carolina Arts Fellowships, and two Astral Choreography Awards.
Her choreography can be found in the repertoires of Atlanta Ballet, Boston Ballet, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Ballet Eddy Toussaint, Eugene Ballet, Indianapolis Ballet Theatre, Nevada Dance Theatre, North Carolina Dance Theatre, Ballet Michigan, State of Alabama Ballet, Ballet Omaha, Joffrey II Dancers, Central Indiana Dance Ensemble, Heartland Youth Ballet, New American Youth Ballet and the Fort Wayne Ballet. She taught summer intensive workshops throughout the US including Boston Ballet (8 summers) and Ballet Aspen (3 summers).
Jill was selected to participate in the notable Carlisle Project, a program that provided time, resources, and mentorship to gifted, committed choreographers. In 2008, Bahr was the recipient of the Governor’s Award – “Elizabeth Verner Award”- the highest Arts Award. In South Carolina.
Jill has served on the National Endowment for the Arts Dance Panel and served as an Adjudicator with College Dance Festivals. She is a robust devotee of Regional Dance America. Jill has adjudicated all five regions and this 2017 National Festival marks the second time she has served as a National Adjudicator for Regional Dance America.