Thursday May 23rd, Farnham classes will be CLOSED due to Polling day. Also The Stoke is CLOSED Bank Holiday Monday 27th May

Biography

about-1Jenny trained at The Doreen Bird College of Performing Arts and has been performing and competing pretty much her whole life. Winning her first competition at the age of 4, she went on to win the All England Championships Tap, Ballet & Modern divisions, winning the Tap division 3 years in a row. Discovering the Lindy Hop in 1992 it wasn’t long before she was adding The US Open, American Swing Dance & UK Open Lindy Hop Championships to her many titles.

Starting her West End Debut in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Song and Dance with Wayne Sleep she continued to partner Wayne for the next 5 years in various shows, royal galas and guest appearances.

Jenny began Lindy Hopping back in 1992 for Anthony Van Laast’s European tour ‘Souls in Motion’ where she went on to join ‘Zoots and Spangles’ Authentic Jazz Dance Company.

During those years Jenny travelled the world teaching Master Classes, sharing her extensive knowledge of dance technique and exposing countless people to her love and passion for the dance and continues to do so. To many in the swing dance community she is thought of as one of the “Teachers Teachers”.

Performing on some of the most prestigious stages in the world – The London Palladium, Royal Opera House, Radio City Music Hall, Carnegie Hall, The West End & Broadway. Including Soloist and Assistant Choreographer for the Original cast of The Broadway Musical SWING , The Tony Awards, Macy’s Day Parade and The Blockbuster Movie The Polar Express with Tom Hanks.

Jenny has even performed at Her Majesty The Queen’s residence Buckingham Palace with the boys from TAP DOGS which led to a collaboration with Paul Robinson, Dougie Mills and Joanna Goodwin creating The Tap Team, which gave regular classes at London’s Pineapple Studios and toured England giving masterclasses.

During the last 14 years she has coached, choreographed and performed on many of the top Prime Time TV shows of today…

Strictly Come Dancing, Strictly Christmas Special, The Peoples Strictly for Comic Relief, Strictly Dance Fever, So You Think You Can Dance and USA’s Dancing With The Stars and Jazz/Tap coach on ITV’s Dancing On Ice.

Jenny was principal choreographer for Stephen Poliakoff’s BBC2 six-part period drama ‘Close To The Enemy’ starring Alfred Molina & Angela Bassett and Stephen’s 2019’s new BBC drama ‘Summer Of Rockets’ starring Keeley Hawes & Toby Stephens.

She has been the choreographing Charleston, Salsa and Pro Group routines on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing since 2006.

Many of the memorable routines have been created by Jenny, such as Ed Balls “Gangnam Style” Salsa, Danny & Oti’s Charleston & The Lonely Goatherd for Giovanni & Faye, to literally name but a few……

Keeping in the Strictly family, this year she has also choreographed for AJ Pritchard’s UK Tour ‘Get On The Floor’ and ‘The Ballroom Boys’ for Ian Waite & Vincent Simone.

In past years she has been lead dancer for the filming of “How to” for Lindy Hop, Charleston, Boogie Woogie and Rock and Roll for BBC’s Strictly Dance Fever.

Jenny also made history by bringing Swing Dance to The Houses of Parliament with Strictly star Robin Windsor. Launching UK’s Dance Manifesto 2015 for the All Party Parliamentary Dance Group.

 

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