It all started with the 1980s movie version of Annie. Jenn knew immediately that she wanted to sing and dance like them cute orphans.
So she began in community theatre, then grade school and high school productions.
Jenn went on to graduate, cum laude, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theater, from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.
As a professional dancer, Jenn has travelled the world training and performing. She has been a dancing doll, polar bear, maid, lady of the night, villager, party goer, cheerleader, raver, skater, Chinese princess...
Though her most "impressive" credits may include, the 2nd National Tour of Miss Saigon, Paul McCartney’s Driving USA Tour, & a bunch of National Commercials...
Her deepest most fulfilling work has been here on the Big Island discovering her own personal flavor of dance and delving into the wild world of choreography.
Jenn debuted an original work in the University of Hawaii Hilo Performing Arts Center's , 2016 fall offering, Dance Collective. It was her most fun and rewarding creative experience to date; dancing as herself.
Jenn also performs biannuallly with the incomparable Shizuno Nasu (of Volcano Hawaii / Japan) and international improvisational vocal master Rhiannon.
Shizuno Nasu has been a mentor, beloved teacher, & collaborator for 5+ years. SHE encouraged Jenn to find her unique creative voice and has stoked her artistic fire ever since. She has taught her to say yes and surrender to her dance while also aiming for beauty; dancing the beauty of the universe in all we do with a pure heart.
Jenn aims to serve the Infinite, the community, & loved ones thru dance & creativity. Her style is vital and loving. She has been dancing and performing most of her life, & stands on the shoulders of so many masters, teachers, & experiences. She humbly credits the following for making her the artist she is today: Cecilia Marta, Ryan Heffington, Anes, Rea Fox, Heera, Nadia Schlosser, Gabrielle Roth, Arjuna Vinn Marti, Scrumptious Pineapple, and Shizuno Nasu.
In addition, she has been teaching around town for the past 7 years; EB de Silva School, Center Stage Dance Alliance, Hilo Shala, Paradise Performing Arts Center, & Kamehameha Schools (where she had the pleasure of collaborating and choreographing Westside Story, Haʻupu , Into the woods, & this year's hōʻike, Ka ʻIu O Hōkū .)
Jenn enjoys teaching & her intention is to explore love/ acceptance, deep listening, authenticity, trust, & freedom thru dance and movement. She hopes that, as she dances her truth with sensitivity and faith, you may feel the whispers of your own divine purpose and bring forth your love and courage to the world.