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Jones Welsh is a performer, administrator, and arts activist. After completing five years touring with Diavolo Dance Theatre (www.diavolo.org), Jones is now the Diavolo Institute Director, setting up community outreach programs in Los Angeles, as well as hosting a broad range of performing arts classes at the Downtown Diavolo Space and local venues.  Last year, he collaborated with the group as Associate Artistic Director, guiding the students and faculty of Penn State University in Diavolo Technique and customized performances through the prestigious Creative Campus grant program, as well as teaching and performing across the globe on select Diavolo tours.  Jones received his degree in theatre and dance from the University of Washington in 2000, then returned for the Non-Profit Management Certificate Program in 2002 after 2 years of continued training in New York.  Jones has worked closely with many other LA based performance companies, establishing 501(c)3 performing arts organization Not Man Apart - Physical Theatre Ensemble (www.notmanapart.com), working with Artistic Director John Farmanesh-Bocca to produce the LA Improv Dance Festival, Somatic Movement Arts Festival, and Shakespeare Santa Monica.  Jones also collaborates with Nugent Dance, Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre (formerly Collage Dance Theatre), Invertigo Dance Theatre, Intention Dance Theatre, Keith Glassman and Dancers, String Theory, Leonix Movement Theatre Ensemble, Rosanna Gamson/World Wide, and many more.  In addition to teaching athletic modern dance at Universities and studios, Jones also runs an Adult Gymnastics Program at the Los Angeles School of Gymnastics (www.lagymnastics.com) and Trampoline Coach at the Los Angeles locations of Trapeze School New York at the Santa Monica Pier (www.trapezeschool.com). Jones offers workshops and private instruction in Contact Improvisation and Dance throughout Los Angeles and abroad.

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