Jennie received her early training in Salt Lake City, UT. At the age of 10, wanting to learn “music video dancing,” her mother encouraged her to take just one ballet class, somewhat expecting dance would be a short-lived interest. One class was all it took, and Jennie has spent more than two decades immersed in the art form. She expanded her training opportunities by attending summer dance intensives at Brigham Young University, Kirov Academy in Washington, D.C., and Steps on Broadway in NYC, and eventually ended up spending her senior year of high school concurrently enrolled in the Ballet Department of the University of Utah. Although offered the full tuition Willam F. Christensen scholarship at the University, she chose to pursue her professional career, accepting an apprenticeship with Colorado Ballet in Denver, CO, where she had the great privilege of working with Doug Varone on a world premiere contemporary piece. Modern dance soon became Jennie’s second love.
After performing one season with Colorado Ballet and two seasons with Utah Ballet, she finished a BFA in Ballet from the University of Utah and moved to Jackson Hole, WY where she performed with Contemporary Dance Wyoming and directed the Junior Repertory Company at Dancer’s Workshop. Her experiences here, working with artists such as Elisa Monte and Diavolo Dance, added a new depth to Jennie’s approach to dance performance and choreography. She discovered a great passion for the creative process and especially for teaching it to young students.
She comes to Studio R Ballet with over 20 years of teaching experience, most recently working as adjunct faculty for the Dance Department at Dixie State University in St. George, UT. Teaching dance is her favorite break she takes from mothering two young boys and helping her husband at his bakery.
Studio R Ballet
10165 E Hampton Ave suite 101
Mesa, AZ 85209