Special guest Tango instructor Jennifer Jaymes
Jennifer Jaymes has been dancing since the age of three, with a background in ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary and ballroom dance. She discovered Argentine tango in 2014 and immediately fell in love. She has been studying the art of tango ever since, taking a deep dive into both the technical elements and tango as a social dance.
Jennifer began assistant teaching at Backstreet Tango in 2016, where she studied tango for five years under the teaching of Luis Perez. In addition, she has intimately studied the nuances of tango technique with influential teachers such as Ana Thomas, Leah Barsky, Buket Akdol, Maria Zujeva, Dilara Oz, Paula Emerick, Laura D’Onofrio, Sol Irupe, Maja Petrovic and Marko Miljevic, Zeynep Aktar and Sercan Yigit, Joe Ferreira, and many more. She continues to train regularly with Brazilian maestros Olivia Teixeira and Fernando Lima, Lucas Fernandes De Goes Vieira, and Argentinian native Jorge Olguin.
Jennifer approaches Argentine Tango with a spirit of inclusivity and collaboration. She believes that all dance is an opportunity for growth, healing and fun. Jennifer also studies Pilates, yoga and Gyrokinesis to promote a healthy view of body, mind and soul, and incorporates these elements into her dance life and teaching. She believes that positive tango experiences promote connection, technique, and artistry with every dancer. Each of these elements are included at every level of her teaching. Her belief is that tango, like any other form of movement, should be directly tied to wellbeing and foster healthy hearts, minds, and communities. Learning tango is a journey, not a destination, and can be enjoyed at any level, age and ability.
Jennifer lives in Olympia, Washington with her husband, Lyndon, and her two dogs, Bodhi and Kai.
For private lessons, Jennifer can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (253) 592–2581