Known for bringing a little math and science into the ballroom (don’t worry, just a little), Jen began tap dancing in pre-school and continued dancing and later teaching through high school. After putting aside dance to focus on chemistry in college, Jen was happy to return to dance during graduate school–-this time the partnered swing dances of Lindy Hop and Balboa. During that time, Jen began teaching and promoting, co-running beloved Philly events such as the Saturday Night Fish Fry, Philly Bal Night, and Bal Jam ’08. She now calls New York City home, and enjoys teaching locally at You Should Be Dancing!, and dancing at White Heat and Pegu among other favorites.
Jen teaches and competes in Balboa on the international stage, having won the All Balboa Weekend J&J four times. She has also won or placed in various strictly competitions at events such as the California Balboa Classic and the Canadian Balboa Championships. In addition to competing, Jen also enjoys performing. (What can you say? She’s an only child.) She can be seen in NYC’s own AmazeBals, and Jen’s favorite performance was smack dab in the middle of the Museum of Natural History, right under the giant blue whale.
As a teacher, Jen tries to balance her straight-forward manner and high expectations with lots of love, humor, and support for her students. Never forgetting to address both follows and leads, Jen blends a clear, technical presentation with the musicality and spirit that make swing dancing so enjoyable.