Jenny Pennaz

Jenny Pennaz, a Minnesota native, graduated from the University of Minnesota with bachelor’s degrees in dance and biology and completed a post-baccalaureate certificate in Contemporary Studies in Dance from the Federal University of Bahia in Brazil. She holds a K-12 Dance & Theater teaching license and is currently writing her thesis to complete a master of arts in teaching from Hamline Univeristy. Jenny has studied ballet at Minnesota Dance Theater, North Carolina School of the Arts, SUNY Purchase, and the Arizona Ballet. She is trained in capoeira (a Brazilian martial art form) from Capoeira Beribazu at the Federal University of Espirito Santo. She is also a registered yoga teacher (RYT 200). Jenny has been teaching dance in the Twin Cities for over 10 years and absolutely loves it. In addition to teaching ballet at Woodbury Dance Center, she teaches dance at the Fine Arts Interdisciplinary Resource School, also know as the FAIR School, in Crystal, MN. Jenny is a professional dancer and a member of two companies: Contempo Physical Dance, a company that fuses Afro-Brazilian dance, capoeira and contemporary dance, and the Threads Dance Project, a contemporary ballet company. Jenny is also active as a choreographer, with an interest in combining choreography with photography and film. Her choreographic work has been presented at Works-in-Progress at the Red Eye Theater, Minnesota Dance Film Project at the Southern Theater, No One Knows at the Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, and the Paniel Performatico at the Federal University of Bahia. This November she will present a solo at Choreographer’s Evening at the Walker Arts Center.