Jenny Baran, fell in love with tap dance at age four, the moment her Grandmother taught her a “time step” on the kitchen floor. Jenny has since received training in advanced tap, jazz, contemporary, musical theater and acting. Her formal training includes Schumacher’s School of Dance, Notre Dame De Namur University’s School of Theater, Evergreen Valley College Dance Department, and San Jose State University’s School of Music & Dance.
Jenny believes you never stop learning/dancing. She studied tap improvisation under the direction of tap master, Sam Weber, completed her certification in babywearing dance fitness with Joimove International and earned her Assistant Teacher permit in Early Childhood Education. She has also taken workshops with world renowned tap dancers: Jason Samuels Smith, Ivery Wheeler, Andrew Prashad (Monsoon Wedding), Victoria Jones (Las Vegas Tap Festival), Bruce Biada, Anthony LoCascio (Tap Dogs)
and Joan Walton.
Passionate about showmanship, Jenny has performed in theatrical works such as A Christmas Carol, Grease, Gypsy, Wild Honey, and The Skin of Our Teeth. She performed with Shrungaar of Northern California, an award-winning traditional Indian dance team under the direction of Madhavi Desai. As a flyer/dancer for CHEER San Francisco, Jenny performed at America’s Best Cheerleading Competition, California’s Great America, San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade and various pride parades throughout the country. Recently, she won the “Air Guitar Challenge” on KOFYTV20’s Dance Party and has performed in two original Bruce Biada tap choreographies via ODC San Francisco’s Global Dance Passports.
To bring out the authentic entertainer and star power within every dancer, Jenny’s dance philosophy and instruction focuses on infusing dance technique with stage presence and the all-important ingredient of having fun!