Jill Echo has been active in the New York City dance community for over twenty years. As a professional modern dancer, Jill has performed with Kazuko Hirabayashi Dance Theater, Pearl Lange Dance Company, Janis Brenner & Dancers, Sue Bernhard Dance Works, Cortez & Company, Risa Jaraslow, Karla Wolfangle and Wil Swanson, among others and began performing with Takehiro Ueyama as a founding member of TAKE Dance in 2004. Jill was also founding member of Taylor 2 and a member of the Paul Taylor Dance Company.
Jill’s master classes in technique, repertory, improvisation, partnering, choreography/composition and movement for actors are essential components of the TAKE Dance residency programs. She has taught at Alvin Ailey/Fordham BFA Program, Long Island University CW Post, The Joffrey School, New York University, Randolph College, West Virginia University, Perry Mansfield, International Summer Dance in Burgos, Spain, Skidmore College, the University at Albany and for the American Academy of Ballet among others.
She has held the positions of Adjunct Professor of Dance at Purchase College, and Adjunct Instructor at Vassar College, and is presently teaching Movement for Actors in the Department of Theatre Arts and Film at Purchase College and at the Michael Howard Studios in New York City. Jill holds a BFA and MFA from Purchase College.
She has restaged the works of Takehiro Ueyama and Kazuko Hirabayashi for dance programs in the United States and Abroad. Television credits include appearances on PBS Alive From Off-Center, Dance in America and American Masters.