JENNA WERHUN BIOGRAPHY
TAP DANCER
EDUCATOR
MUSICIAN
Jenna is a pioneer in the Canadian tap dance scene, being one of the first tap dancers to graduate from a post-secondary music program, with her tap shoes as her primary instrument. She is now studying Education exclusively, at the University of Alberta. Jenna's style is focused on musicality, as the music is what inspires her movement. She regularly plays shows with local musicians in the Edmonton area, and is constantly finding new inspiration from each artist she collaborates with. She is especially focused on her most recent tap/music concept, called Sole Rhythm; a collaboration uniting tap dance and music in a band atmosphere.

In 2012, she began her interning for Breaking Barres, (under the direction of Barbara Vargas and Jamie Ausmus) a dance production company educating dancers through workshops and creating unique projects and opportunities for the arts community.  Jenna has recently travelled to, preformed at, and assisted faculty members at various tap festivals, including Tri-Tone Productions Rhythm Body and Soul, Just Tap, Feats Festival, and the 2014 Vancouver International Tap Festival, where she was privileged to perform in Lisa La Touche’s premiere production of ‘Hold On.’

Most recently, Jenna has had the opportunity to perform as the featured tap dancer in  the 2016 Duke Ellington Sacred Concert with the Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra, where she shared the stage with several original members of the Duke Ellington Orchestra.  She has also been invited as a faculty member to various international tap festivals, such as RIFF in Dallas Texas, and 2015 Vancouver International Tap Festival.  Jenna also had the opportunity to open for a number of international recording artists, including Snoop Dogg, Mya Harrison and Chris Dave and the Drumhedz.

In August of 2015, Jenna developed a specialized tap education and professional development program, called the Next Steps.  In this program, she trains and mentors a group of talented tap dancers from Edmonton and its surrounding area.  Over the past year,  the program has doubled in size and has been affording her students countless opportunities to train, travel, perform, begin to develop their own projects, and start on them on the right foot towards their own artistic ventures.  Along with teaching tap at local dance studios and workshops at public schools all across the city, she has had the chance to work with, and take class from some of taps greatest artists.  Her main influences include Barbara Vargas, Danny Nielsen, and Sean Jackson.