About the Artistic Coordinator
Jill Eathorne Bahr
Coastal Ballet USA’s Choreographer Jill Eathorne Bahr is 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 world premiere
creation “Zorro” was a heralded landmark success.
Jill Eathorne Bahr served as Resident Choreographer of Charleston Ballet Theatre since its
inception as a professional ballet company in 1987. Bahr been awarded two National
Endowment for the Arts Choreographic Fellowships, four Monticello Choreographic
Fellowships, the William Habich Choreography Award, the South Carolina Arts Commission
Choreography Fellowship in 1997 – the first time offered in 10 years, two Astral Choreography
Awards, and was part of the Celebration of the Uncommon Woman in Oregon. Bahr was most
recently awarded the Verner Award from the SC Arts Commission recognizing outstanding
achievement and contributions to the arts in South Carolina and a second choreography
fellowship from the same organization in 2009.
Her choreography can be found in the repertoire of Atlanta Ballet, Boston Ballet, Dayton
Contemporary Dance Company, Ballet Eddy Toussaint USA, Central Indiana Dance Ensemble,
New American Youth Ballet, Florida Ballet , Eugene Ballet, Indianapolis Ballet Theatre,
Nevada Dance Theatre, North Carolina Dance Theatre, State of Alabama Ballet, Ballet
Omaha, Joffrey II Dancers and the Fort Wayne Ballet. She has taught at many colleges
including University of Akron, the University of South Florida, the University of Maryland/
Baltimore and has adjudicated numerous American College Dance Festivals and Regional
Dance America Festivals. Bahr recently served on the National Endowment for the Arts
Dance Panel. She served as one of the 5 National Adjudicators at the Regional Dance
America Festival that was held in Montreal in May of 2012.
Jill served as the Adjudicator of the RDA Mid-State Region in 2014, and the Adjudicator of
RDA Southeast 2015. She will be one of the 5 National Adjudicators at the Regional Dance
America Festival that will be held in Phoenix in May of 2017. She will serve as
Adjudication for Regional Dance America SW in March of 2020.