Assistant Professor
Ballet Technique and Experiential Anatomy



Jill Lile is a lifelong dance educator interested in instilling the techniques, creative expression, and discipline of dance to students of all ages. She has served on the faculties of Macalester College, Creighton University, University of Nebraska/ Lincoln, University of Minnesota/Mankato, Minnesota Dance Theatre, and St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists. She has danced with Fort Worth Ballet, Illinois Dance Theatre, Beverly Blossom and Company, Madison Ballet, and Ballet Arts Minnesota and was a two-time recipient of the National Association for Regional Ballet’s Craft of Choreography Award. Additionally, Dr. Lile directed Hippocrates Center for Holistic Healing for twenty years where she was a chiropractor and acupuncturist specializing in dance injury and prevention. She is also trained in Alexander Technique and is a certified Pilates instructor. Because of her medical and somatics background, she brings a unique set of skills to the dance classroom.

Areas of Expertise

  • Ballet and Point Technique
  • Somatics
  • Dance Injury and Prevention
  • Anatomy
  • Dance History

Macalester courses

  • Ballet Technique
  • Experiential Anatomy
  • Dance and the Brain
  • Reading the Dancing Body: Topics in Dance History

Creative Work

  • 2007 Elements- Ballet Arts Minnesota
  • 2008 Circling – St.Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists
  • 2008 Tarantella- University of Minnesota/ Mankato
  • 2010 The Spring in My Step- St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists
  • 2012 Winter- Macalester College
  • 2014 Suite in G- St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists


  • 2011 K-12 Teaching License
  • 1996 Minnesota Institute of Acupuncture and Herbal Studies, Licensed Acupuncturist
  • 1995 Northwestern Health Sciences University, Doctor of Chiropractic
  • 1982 University of Illinois, MFA
  • 1980 Texas Christian University, BFA