Born in Buffalo, NY Jennifer began her dance training at the age of 3. Trained in ballet, modern, tap, jazz, African, hip-hop, hoop and creative dance, she holds a BA in Psychology from Mercyhurst College and also trained in Creative Dance @ LUNA Dance’s Summer Institute in Berkeley, CA.
For the past 7 years Jennifer has danced with Dafmark Dance Company. She teaches 25 weekly hoop and creative dance classes in Erie, PA, and is a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Rostered Teaching Artist. Her areas of specialization are integrating dance technique with the hoop, creating hoop dance choreography, teaching hoop dance to kids, teaching dance to individuals who has developmental and physical disabilities, and teaching dance to senior populations. In 2020 Jennifer will launch The Creative Hoop Dance Experience instructional videos available digitally.
In 2018, Jennifer was awarded an Emerging Artist Fellowship by Erie Arts & Culture. In 2015, Jennifer was awarded the Bruce Morton Wright Artist of the Year by Erie Arts & Culture as well as receiving two Top Hat Awards for Outstanding HoopDance Choreographer and Modern Contemporary HoopDance Fusion. Additionally, Jennifer came in 4th during the 2016 season of Hooping Idol. Nominated for the 2017 Hooping Video of the Year and received a 2017 Hoopie Awards Honorable Mention for her Hooping Idol 6: Horror week Video.
Note: if Jennifer is unable to come to Australia due to COVID19 travel restrictions, another awesome Australian hoop teacher will be teaching instead.