Meet the First Position Team
Principal and Instructor
Originally from Yorkshire, England, Jenny is the owner of First Position Dance Academy.
She started her training at the Selby Dance Centre while also becoming an associate student with The Northern Ballet Theatre. At age 16, she became a full time student at The Northern Ballet School in Manchester where she was awarded with a full government scholarship. She is trained in ballet (and pointe), tap, modern, jazz, contemporary and commercial dance using the RAD, ISTD, IDTA and BBO syllabuses. In July 2018, Jenny also gained her certification to teach Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT).
After graduating from college, she took her first professional contracts dancing aboard 4 ships with Carnival Cruise Lines. For 2 of these contracts, she was selected to install brand new shows and had the opportunity to work directly with choreographers in Las Vegas. Back on land, Jenny has performed in music videos, films and many musicals including FAME (as Iris Kelly), Little Women the Musical (as Amy March) and as a featured dancer/dance captain in Hair with First Act Productions. Jenny is also a graduate of Toronto's Second City Conservatory program and often performs sketch and improv in Toronto with various troupes. In 2019 her troupe took to the stage in The Toronto Fringe Festival with the original show Friendly Fire.
After deciding to leave the dance stage, Jenny has worked creatively as a choreographer and teacher all over Toronto and the GTA. She recently won an ACTCO Thea Award for Best Choreography for Anne of Green Gables (Oshawa Little Theatre) and returned to OLT in 2019 to choreograph Footloose. She will be teaming up with Theatre Unlimited in Mississauga to choreograph Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in 2020.
She is thrilled that she is following her dream by opening up her own academy and hopes to inspire the next generation to love the stage as much as she does.
Guest Teacher - Summer Camps
Celebrate our former students
We're so proud of all of the students that have come to us. Whatever our students decide to pursue after High School, I think they can all agree that DANCE has helped them along the way. If you're a former student who wants to be celebrated, reach out to us!
“Hey! My name is Sabrina. I was a student at First Position before becoming an assistant instructor and occasionally a substitute. My time at First Position both as a student and an instructor was so much fun! Jenny creates such a warm and welcoming space to learn and grow. I miss it! After being a student with First Position and First Act Youth Company, I went on to pursue a career of theatre and musical theatre at Randolph College for the Performing Arts. Since graduating in August 2019, I began auditioning and was then rehearsing for a production of Parade the Musical, before unfortunately the pandemic hit. In the last year, I’ve done three virtual cabarets with Toronto Cabaret Productions, one with First Act to raise money for Canadian Mental Health Association, and have been working on my own original music to hopefully put out into the world one day!”
(Written in 2021)
"My name is Emma and I started dancing at First Position Dance Academy in 2020 while in Grade 11.
I am now graduating Grade 12 and am going to be a student at the University of King's College Halifax, majoring in Acting at the Fountain School of Performing Arts at Dalhousie University. I am so grateful for all of the help Jenny gave me throughout my admissions process and I have learned so much during my time at First Position Dance Academy."
(Written in 2021)
"My name is Jordan Weintraub and I was one of Jenny's students for a few years at First Position. I took tap dance from Jenny and she is such an excellent teacher, choreographer, and just an overall patient person. During those years I had the most fun I've ever had dancing and I learnt a lot from Jenny about dance, but Jenny also taught me a lot of lessons about myself and for that I am very grateful. I think dance is such a great way of expressing how you feel and it brings out a more confident side of yourself which is why the arts are so important to creating self confidence. I think that everyone deserves the right to dance and I am privileged to share my experience with First Position so that others can know how excellent the work that Jenny does and that they should take lessons from her with no hesitation. My time at First Position may have come to an end, but my love for dance has not and I still enjoy dancing on a daily basis just for fun. The last time I was with First Position I was in grade 10 in 2019, but now I'm in grade 12 and I am so excited for the next phase of my life. The next phase of my life is University and I will be heading to the University of Toronto for studies in Humanities which I am beyond excited about."
(Written in 2021)