BFA, I.S.T.D, & R.A.D, R.T.S.
Jen grew up in Cambridge, Ontario studying with Dianne Long at the Cambridge Theatre Dance School. She received numerous performance awards from the York University and has danced professionally with numerous dance companies in Canada. She holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts (Honours) from York University, a Certificate of Ballet Teaching Studies with the Royal Academy of Dance, and is a Registered RAD Teacher. She is also a Certified Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) Instructor, a Full Teaching Member with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD), Certified Acrobatic Arts & Acrobatique instructor and an ongoing student with the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO).
Miss Cole is passionate about passing on her love of movement with students of all ages. Currently her focus is on dance education and developing healthy, technically proficient, and artistically expressive dancers.
Originally from Southern Ontario, Jen began her teaching career at 15 to support her extensive training in ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, lyrical and musical theatre. Having had the opportunity to train with acclaimed teachers such as Ryan, Fay and Brian Foley, The Bolshoi’s Tatiana Stepanova, and Sandra Nicholson of the Quinte Ballet school, she had the foundation to quickly grow as a recognized choreographer. After graduating from her successes in the competitive dance scene, she became certified with Canadian Dance Masters of America and made the leap from dancer to full time teacher. It is here that her passion for training technically strong dancers took off. In 2003, Jen made the move across the country after being accepted into the respected acting program at The School for the Contemporary Arts at SFU under the direction of Marc Diamond and Penelope Stella. For the next several years, Jen’s teaching and acting careers worked in tandem as she taught throughout the Lower Mainland while also performing in countless theatre and independent film productions. Notably, Jen performed in PuSH Festival’s The Show Must Go On directed and choreographed by Jérôme Bel, with Jeremy Waller’s Craning Neck Theatre Company, interned with the award winning Rumble Theatre on top of many more acting credits with the Vancouver Fringe and Magnetic North festivals. Her students soon began winning high score and performance awards with herself receiving numerous choreography awards. It was at this time she made the decision to focus her career on her love of dance. Now, with over 20 years of teaching under her belt, Jen has had the great honour to train, mentor and inspire countless young dancers throughout Ontario, BC and South East Asia. Past students have gone on to perform as both actors and dancers on Broadway, in professional companies throughout Canada, The U.S and Europe, as well as successful teachers and studio owners themselves. She was invited to Vietnam to train dancers in Ho Chi Minh City, including those featured on SYTYCD Vietnam. In recent years she has become a sought after adjudicator throughout Canada, adding certifications with CDTA and RWID. Jen brings passion and excitement to her classes while striving to instill every student with clean technique, discipline and an ability to trust their work on stage. It is Jen’s conviction that behind every dancer that believes in themselves is a teacher who first believed in them.