Jennifer Benavidez loves to dance–it´s been her passion for over 20 years. Born in the US, her Mexican heritage has given her dancing rico sabor (good flavor). She discovered ballroom dancing in 1992 while studying at the University of Texas at Austin. Jennifer’s hips made her focus more on the latin dances and then she discovered SALSA. Her salsa dancing, performing and teaching took her on lovely travels to LA, NY, Puerto Rico, London, Chicago, Israel, Berlin, Prague, Houston, and Casablanca. Not long after graduation she was recruited to teach in Amsterdam where she co-owned one of the top salsa schools in Holland for over 8 years.
You can see Jennifer dancing in numerous commercials,videos and TV shows such as VOC, Alleen Nog Een Man, Life and Cooking, I Love the 80´s, Hoe? Zo!, Alternative Love, TMF, and So You Think You Can Dance.
Look for her dancing several movies: The Way She Moves staring Annabeth Gish from The X-Files, and The Life of David Gayle starring Kevin Spacey. She has worked with Director/Choreographer Kenny Ortega (Dirty Dancing, Micheal Jackson’s This is It) and Miranda Garrison (Dirty Dancing, Salsa, Selena) . And don’t miss her dancing in Cuban Fury starring Nick Frost out in theaters July 2013.
Most of all Jennifer loves teaching! She has taught workshops and performed for a diverse range of companies: ABN-AMBRO, National Geographic, ING, Martin Air, KLM, Belegger.nl
, Unilever, Expatica and Amsterdam Police Department, Lexmark, BBC, BNN, RTL5, The Music Factory TV, just to name a few! She has also taught/performed at numerous festivals: Move It! London, Amsterdam Gay Pride Canal Parade, UIT Markt, Latin Village, Vondel Park Summer Breeze, Rotterdam Summer Carnival, Roots Festival, ContraBanda, and Dansen Op Het Leidseplein and many many more!
Jennifer qualified with Zumba creator Beto Perez in 2009. Zumba allowed her to combine her knowledge of different dance styles into an exciting, calorie burning class. By focusing on the charity side of Zumba, she has given back to the community by organizing and teaching at several Zumbathons around the UK. She is qualified to teach Zumba, Zumba Gold, Zumba Toning and ZumbAtomic.
Jennifer’s Degree in Communications/Journalism was a great asset when she became one of the organizers of the Amsterdam International Salsa Festival– 3 years hard work! Currently, based near London, she teaches with Latin Dance Academy and is the lead choreographer for Incognito Dance Company.
Always interested in a challenge, she has won several dance competitions in Holland, Germany and Texas. Her competition experience lead to her judging numerous competitions in the UK and Europe.
Hey, but don’t worry! Her dance classes are not competitions! Under her expert eye you will be guided, in a non judgemental manner, to bring out the BEST DANCER in you!
Ready to start your dance addiction? Let Jennifer get your hips moving in the right direction! Join one of the easy to follow classes and let the fun begin! Surprise yourself with how much you’ll learn during your tropical holiday!
Let’s get to the dance floor!
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