Jen Harden

Dance Instructor

Jen began dancing at the young age of 4 and hasn’t stopped since! She has trained at the Canadian School of Ballet in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary and modern. Jen was a dancer in their “Company B” for 4 years, and has also performed in the “The Nutcracker” for 11 years, which has included the role of the Arabian Queen. Besides dancing, Jen has a love for choreography, and was the head choreographer for OKM’s performances of “Bye Bye Birdie” and “Beauty and the Beast.” Currently, Jen is studying to obtain her Bachelor of Arts degree and eventually the Bachelor of Education.

Dance Education:

Canadian School of Ballet (2001 – 2016)
R.A.D. Advanced 1 level.

Professional performing resume/teaching experience: 3 years teaching experience

Why I love teaching:  Teaching brings me so much joy as I get to see my students grow and learn more about themselves. Being able to create a visual story through choreography and have it come to life is wonderful. It is such a rewarding feeling when I come to class, help my students through their struggles and see them succeed!

How dance has changed my outlook on life: Dancing has showed me the importance of dedication and committment, how to balance my time, work with others, as well as myself and the reward of working hard.

Best advice you’ve ever been given or advice you shareware your students: I’ve been told: “Never say ‘I can’t.’ You always can if you put your mind to it and work hard.” This is something I apply to my everyday life, as well as what I tell my students now.

Favourite choreographers:  One of my favourite dances is “Like Real People Do” choreographed by Travis Wall and danced by Jessica & Casey from SYTYCD.

First dance performance piece:   My first dance performance was a ballet piece, and I was a blue butterfly!