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Jennifer Simmers

Jennifer Simmers has been dancing ever since the age of four.  She is a graduate of Palm Beach County School of the Arts where she studied dance.  She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Dance Education from the University of South Florida.  While attending USF, Jennifer received the leading role in Madame Gabriella Darvash’s ballet, “Rossiniana” and Bruce Steivel’s ballet, “Haydn Variations.”  She was selected to dance in Danny Buraczeski’s classic piece, “Swing Concerto,” which was performed at the American College Dance Festival and was chosen for the Festival’s Gala.  She has had the honor of receiving the BRAVO! Scholarship for Excellence in Performance and Academics, the Talent Scholarship Recognition Award for Talent/Potential in Performance/Choreography/Dance Education/Academics, and the Henry Parrish Performance Award.  While at USF, she has trained with Albena Arnaudova, Gretchen Ward Warren, Sandra Robinson, Jeanne Travers, Michael Foley, John Parks, Jennifer Salk, Gerri Houlihan, Madame Gabriella Darvash, and Bruce Steivel.  She has received scholarships to study at the Joffrey Ballet and Steps in New York City.  Jennifer served as co-chairperson of USF’s Dance Education Organization. She has served on the Conference Committee for the annual Florida Dance Education Organization Conference.  She served on the board for the Florida Dance Education Organization from 2010-2014.  Jennifer was the Co-chair of the Florida Dance Performance Assessment and was the Chair of the National Honor Society of Dance Arts for the State of Florida.  She had the opportunity to organize the Miami Sharing Concert for the National Dance Education Organization Conference in which Nigel Lythgoe, executive producer of “So You Think That You Can Dance, “was in attendance.  Jennifer has been the Director of Dance at Wellington High School for the past twenty years.  She is currently the Fine Arts Academy Chair.  She was nominated for the Dwyer Award, Excellence in Education, and represented Wellington High School.  Jennifer was awarded Passion for Teaching at the My Teacher, My Hero Awards in 2022.  She directs the Wellington High School Dance Company and has created the National Honor Society of Dance Arts Chapter FL1012 at WHS.  Her students have been accepted to college dance programs, dance teams, ballet companies, and as dancers at Theme Parks.  She enjoys teaching and being able to share her gift of dance with others. Jennifer has been teaching for more than twenty five years.

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