Jenni received a BFA in Dance, Magna Cum Laude, from the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College. During her time at Purchase, she also studied at London Contemporary Dance School where she performed the work of Merce Cunningham. A Houston native, Jenni graduated from the High School for the Performing & Visual Arts and trained at Rowland School of Ballet. Jenni has performed works by Peter Chu, Frances Chiaverini, Danielle Desnoyers, Lane Gifford, Kazuko Hirabayashi, Ginnette Laurin, Tom Weinberger, and Twyla Tharp.
A founding member of chuthis., Jenni serves as Peter Chu’s assistant on many of his teaching and choreographic endeavors, including Seasons 9 & 10 of So You Think You Can Dance. Most recently, Jenni had the pleasure of premiering chuthis.’ latest works, Face Her & Smile Masking, alongside Peter. Jenni has acted as rehearsal director for many of Peter’s recent creations, including pieces for New Dialect (Nashville, TN) and Brigham Young University. Currently, Jenni lives in New York City, working as a freelance artist. She also serves as guest teacher and choreographer to many dance studios around the country.
Originally from Brookfield, Wisconsin, Pam received her BA in Dance from Point Park University in Pittsburgh. After graduation she moved to Los Angeles where she’s been dancing professionally in all different styles of movement. Pam is a member of Peter Chu’s company, chuthis., and assists him on many projects.
While in L.A., Pam has had the opportunity to work for such companies as Cirque du Soleil, Radio City Rockettes and DS2DIO. She has also performed on television shows such as “American Idol”, “The Voice”, “Dancing With The Stars”, “So You Think You Can Dance”, “The Craig Ferguson Show”, “The Mentalist” and “Scrubs”. Pam recently toured with Demi Lovato and has also performed with The Rolling Stones and Florence and the Machine. She is currently performing in Britney Spears’ “Piece of Me” hit show in Las Vegas.
Peter Chu is a multi-faceted artist; following graduation from The Juilliard School, he performed with BJM _Danse, EZdanza, as the lead in Christina Perri’s Jar of Hearts music video, in Celine Dion’s Vegas spectacular A New Day, and with Crystal Pite’s company, Kidd Pivot.
In 2008, Chu formed his company chuthis. and choregraphed the full-length piece Nothing Sticks, which recently toured to Vancouver, BC. chuthis. has been selected as 2014 Emerging Principal Company for Springboard Danse Montréal.
Recipient of the prestigious 2010 Capezio A.C.E. Award for Choreography, Chu has choreographed for Naomi Stikeman’s Çaturn (consulted by Robert Lepage), Perry Mansfield New Works Festival (directed by Linda Kent), So You Think You Can Dance, and most recently, a full-length work for Houston Met Dance Company.
In 2012/13 he toured as faculty of the 24 SEVEN Dance Convention, choreographed new works for Orlando Ballet Theatre, NDT Summer Intensive and Western Michigan University.
Krystal, a Japanese-American, was born and raised in Southern California. First introduced to movement at Long Beach Ballet School, she trained rigorously in ballet at Orange County Dance Center in Huntington Beach. Krystal later explored her love for movement at UC Irvine, graduating Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance Performance.
Krystal is interested in all styles of dance. She has worked with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, BARE Dance Company, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Entity Contemporary Dance Company, Daniel Ezralow, Donald McKayle, Douglas Becker, Jodie Gates, Norbert De La Cruz, Peter Chu and, most recently, Mia Michaels.
Krystal loves connecting and exploring in the studio through teaching dance and yoga. She is currently signed with MSA Agency as a freelance artist in Los Angeles & New York and is on faculty at Cutting Edge Dance Center in Pomona, CA. Krystal is excited by her first performance with chuthis.
Photo: Justin Patterson
Jillian trained in all styles of dance at multiple studios in Portland, Oregon, where she grew up. In 2004, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue a professional dance career. During that time, she became a member of Mark Meismer’s company, Evolution.
Jillian worked for Cirque du Soleil under the direction of Tabitha and Napoleon D’umo. She has assisted Brian Friedman, Tovaris Wilson, Mia Michaels, Wade Robson, Gil Duldulao and Mandy Moore on the hit show So You Think You Can Dance. She has had the pleasure of working with numerous recording artists, including John Legend, Kylie Minogue, Annie Lennox and Christina Aguilera. She has worked extensively with Janet Jackson during her world tours, on Janet’s videos, and on a variety of television appearances.
Ultimately, Jillian loves to dance and is excited by any experience related to her passion—especially with her chuthis. family!
Haley Heckethorn (apprentice)
Haley was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. She began dancing at age three, trained at Bunker Dance Center and graduated from the Las Vegas Academy of Performing Arts High School. From 2013-16, Haley continued her training at Arts Umbrella Dance Diploma Program in Vancouver, Canada. While at Arts Umbrella, she was able to tour Europe, choreograph pieces for the school, and work with several prestigious national and international choreographers and dance companies. Haley was awarded an Emerging Artist Scholarship from Arts Umbrella.
Haley was mentored in choreography by Crystal Pite for two years and later worked with Pite in her new program “Craft of Embodiment” in Banff, Canada. Haley joined Crystal Pite’s Kidd Pivot as an apprentice in January 2016 for the current touring show Betroffenheit. Haley enjoys teaching and choreographing for various schools and studios in the US. She is honored and excited to work and perform with chuthis.