Jenell started dancing at age 3.
Over the years she
has studied almost every form of dance.
She was a
champion gymnast in college and a professional chorus
line dancer at Harrahs in Lake Tahoe.
She then went
on to head the dance department for Sierra Nevada
College for over nine years.
There she taught Jazz,
ballet, and gymnastics.
Ballroom dancing is her favorite form of dance because
of the variety. There is always something to learn and
many different styles to choose from and enjoy.
Jenell has been teaching Ballroom dance since 1980
and opened her own school, The Academy of
Ballroom Dance in 1987. At that time she set her
goals high and began seriously training for dance
Together with her partner Jim they trained with the
top coaches in the world. With many lessons and a lot
of practice, they won every major Open Professional
Smooth competition in the United States and also won
every Professional Rising Start International Standard
competition in the United States. Ultimately the
highlight of their career was winning two U.S.
American Smooth Championships in 1993 and 1994.
They have represented the United States in two World
Showdance events and many competitions throughout
Europe, Asia, and North America.
Jenell is a Fellow of the Imperial Society Ballroom
Branch and has trained a number of U.S. Pro-Am and
Jenell is an examiner for DVIDA and is also the author
of the American Smooth Syllabus for DVIDIA.
Jenell is a teacher of teachers. She is a
winner of the prestigious Feather Award for the best female teacher in
the United States. She is a teacher who teaches from her
heart and can back it up with a clear understanding
and knowledge of the technique and physics of
ballroom dancing. She is also known for her creative
and inspirational choreography. A professional dancer
and teacher for over 25 years, Jenell knows how to
handle students with care and understanding that will