Jennifer Guess

Fitness Instruction

Jennifer Guess // Fitness Instructor

Certifications & Education
Sports Injury Specialization: CEU (2017) Lifetime Certification (NESTA)
Masters Library Science: University of North Texas (2016)
BFA Modern Dance Performance: University of the North Carolina School of the Arts (1989)

More about Jennifer

Jennifer Guess is an experienced dance teacher and dance coach specializing in technical training and performance preparation. Classically trained in the Vaganova method of ballet, classical modern techniques (Horton & Graham), and jazz (Luigi, Maddox, Hachett), she danced with the original Alvin Ailey Summer Repertory Company before being signed, working and traveling with the Campbell Agency (Dallas) and Fontaine Agency (Los Angeles). In addition to walking the runways in New York, Dallas and Los Angeles, Jennifer worked in print, editorial, catalog, and commercial television advertising. Using dance training in all her commercial work, Jennifer developed the ability to hone in on performance critique and professional development. Working alongside her modeling contracts, Jennifer taught at her alma mater, North Carolina School of the Arts (1989), and Westside Academy (Los Angeles). After moving to Dallas in 1998, Jennifer began teaching locally and fell in love with training the new generation of dancers in all styles of dance. Currently Jennifer teaches modern, ballet, jazz, and Ballet Burn. She privately coaches students on proper form and stability to improve technique excellence and strength.

Training

  • Ballet Technique: Vicki Mansfield (San Francisco Ballet); Nader Hamid (National Ballet Egypt); Celia Marino (Ballet Nacional de Venezuela / School of American Ballet); Melinda Lawrence (National Ballet of Canada); Fanchon Cordell (American School of Ballet)
  • Modern Technique: Richard Kuch (Graham); Richard Gain (Joffery Ballet/Graham); Mabel Robinson (The Wiz/Graham); Diane Markham (Louis/Nicholais); Ana Marie Forsythe (Alvin Ailey); Denise Jefferson (Graham); Milton Myers (Horton); Penny Frank (Graham); Joan Peters (Dunham); Yasiko (Graham Technique)
  • Floor Barre: Zena Rommet (Rommet Technique); Stephane Dalle (Boris Kniaseff Technique)
  • Character: Yula Pandi; Gina Vidal
  • Jazz Technique: Pepe DeChiazza (Cole, Maddox); Milton Myers (Hachett); Fred Benjamin (Luigi); Dan Wagoner (Matt Maddox)

Professional Experience

  • AAADC Featured Dancer Promotional material for new school facility (1989)
  • Alvin Ailey Student Performing Group (1988-1990)
  • Wilheminia Models (1990-1991)
  • Campbell Agency (1992-2002) Model; Television; Industrials; Commercial; Theater
  • Dawson Agency (2005-2006) Television; Industrials; Commercial; Theater

Teaching

  • Ballet Burn Certified (2016): First Satellite Certified Teacher (2016-2017)
  • Hathaway Academy of Ballet: Ballet Burn; Ballet; Modern; Jazz; Floor Barre (2002-2017)
  • Chamberlain School of Ballet: Ballet Burn; Modern (2014-2017)
  • Toby’s School of Dance: Ballet Burn; Modern (2017)
  • International Conservatory of Performing Arts: Modern; Ballet; Jazz (Summer 2016)
  • Epiphany DanceArts: Assistant Director – Training and Body Conditioning/Strengthening (2010-2016)
  • Pilates for Life: Floor Barre Workshops (2016); Ballet Burn Workshops (2016)
  • Private Coaching: Ballet & Modern Technique (2008-2016); Floor Barre (2010-2016)
  • North Dallas HS Dance Teacher & Dance Company Coach: Ballet; Modern; Jazz; World Dances (2011-2014)
  • Pfamily Arts Performing Arts School: Dance; Musical Theater (2007-2009)
  • Studio B-Dallas: Ballet; Pointe (2008-2011)
    Westside Academy of Ballet: Ballet; Body Alignment (1993-1995)
  • North Carolina School of the Arts: Guest teacher Modern Dance Division (1988-1989)