Jenny Gillan-Powell, was born in Scotland then moved to Houston, Texas at the age of three. Jenny graduated with Departmental Honors in 2003 from the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, Texas. Jenny continued on to receive her B.F.A. in Dance Performance, Cum Laude with Departmental Distinction from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. After graduation, Jenny taught and choreographed in tap and modern dance for the Prodanza Festival in Castiglioncello, Italy. Jenny was invited back to SMU in 2007 as a guest alumni artist to perform the role of The Virgin in Yuriko’s re-staging of Martha Graham’s Primitive Mysteries. Jenny joined Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre in 2008, and served as rehearsal director beginning in her third year with the company. Jenny continued to serve as rehearsal director for the rest of her 6- year tenure. Jenny has also performed with Salvatore LaRussa Dance Theatre, Joori Jung, kerPlunk Dance, and Bob Boross Freestyle Jazz Dance. Jenny received her Pilates Apparatus and Mat Instructor Certification in 2011 from The Lab. Jenny loves linking the teachings of Joseph Pilates to dance and has a true passion for helping others improve their day to day movement, posture, and body awareness.

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