Chloe Jensen founded Aerial Dance Chicago in 1999 to explore a vision of taking dance into flight.
As a dancer, teacher, choreographer and director, Chloe’s artistry is focused on harnessing the full potential of dance expression along the air-ground continuum. Presented locally and nationally, her choreography has been described as “exquisite”, "poetic" and has been critically acclaimed for its inventive movement and strong sense of visual drama. In 2004, she received the prestigious Glenn P. Davis scholarship from the International Aerial Dance Festival in Boulder, Colorado and in 2017 was presented with a Meier Achievement Award for her contributions to the field of dance.
Chloe’s explorations of aerial dance began in the College of Performing Arts at Northern Illinois University from 1994-1999, where she earned a specialized bachelors degree combining dance, education and physical education and pursued independent research examining the ways in which movement and physical fitness are critical for learning capacity and mental acuity. While a dancer at NIU, Chloe received a Certificate of Performance Excellence from the American College Dance Festival Association for her performance of Version Two, a duet danced atop a nine foot vertical wall. Chloe continued her study of dance, kinesiology and choreography in graduate school at Arizona State University, where she taught Ballet, Acrobatic Dance and Aerial Dance to dance majors, dance minors and recreational students in the College of Fine Arts.
On stage, Chicago Tribune and Chicago Reader critics have described her as a “seamlessly elastic” mover with "a quiet intensity and sensitivity not unlike that of the Balanchine dancer Tanaquil Le Clercq.” A highlight of her performing career was dancing the lead role in AYA, an original aerial-ballet that was co-created with Elements Contemporary Ballet. In addition to her work for ADC, Chloe has danced for The Lyric Opera of Chicago and for a unique trampoline-ballet by Cirque du Soleil choreographer Debra Brown.