Jerel Hilding teaches all levels of ballet, pointe, pas de deux and music for dancers. In addition to choreographing and assisting with the direction of the University Dance Company, Hilding has collaborated with the Kansas University Symphony Orchestra, KU Opera and the University Theatre on musicals, opera and dance concerts.
As a principal dancer with the Joffrey Ballet for 15 years, Hilding performed in works by many of the 20th century's most influential choreographers, including Balanchine, Arpino, Robbins, Ashton, Cranko, Jooss, Massine, and Tharp. He directed the New Jersey Ballet's Artist-in-Education program and worked as an instructor for New York's City Center Theatre Outreach Program. He has taught throughout the country including New York, New Jersey, Arizona, New Orleans, and the Midwest.
Hilding holds a bachelor's degree in Music from Louisiana State University in New Orleans (now the University of New Orleans).