Owner and Artistic Director
Mrs. Jennifer Forst is thrilled to share her passion and enthusiasm for dance through JDF Elite Dance Academy. She has gained experience in the dance community through both studio dance and dance/drill team and has now realized the goal of owning her own business for the past 13 years! We are thrilled to have been in the Friendswood/Pearland/League City area for over a DECADE!
She has been dancing and performing for 39 years and has been teaching for 26 years. She is versatile in ballet/pointe, jazz, musical theater, hip hop and lyrical with her specialties being modern/contemporary, tap and drill prep.
Mrs. Forst was a high school Dance Team Director for 7 years. While under her Direction for 5 years, the Sam Rayburn HS Tex-Anns expanded their experience in various competitions including trips to New York and California. They earned National and Regional titles at various competitions. She also founded the JV Starlette Dance Team which has turned into a successful recruiting tool for the Varsity program. While at Rayburn, Mrs. Forst was the writer of the Pasadena ISD Fine Arts Dance Department Dance I-IV curriculum as well as created hiring questions for dance director candidates of PISD. Before SRHS she was the Director of the Bryan HS Shy-Anne Dance Team and the 2006 National Champion Novice Team the Westbury HS Blue Diamonds Dance Team.
Before her experience as a Dance Team Director, Mrs. Forst was born in Irving, Texas and started dancing at the age of 2 at Dana’s Dance Academy. While there, she studied ballet/pointe, tap, jazz, hip hop and musical theater. She was a member of the Academy Dancers, which performed throughout the community and was chosen to attend National Tap Conventions. She then began instructing and choreographing for Dana's Dance Academy at the age of 15.
She was a member of the Toy Tiger Drill Team at Irving HS for 4 years. While there, she served as a Lieutenant for 3 years and was a member of the elite jazz group, Swingers and Kick Company. She choreographed dances for Spring Show yearly as well as competed in the solo, duet, officer, ensemble and team categories at all dance competitions and placed. During her high school career Jennifer achieved the award of All Star Dancer which allowed her the opportunity to perform at the Florida Citrus Bowl and was awarded Who’s Who in Dance in 2000.
After high school, Mrs. Forst became a member of the professional dance company 5 Degrees of Dance out of Frisco, TX. She then attended Sam Houston State University where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance with a minor in Psychology. While there she studied, ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, modern, choreography, musical theater, stage lighting and costuming. She was a member of the Spectrum Dance Company where she had numerous performance opportunities.
Jennifer has worked for the national dance company MA Dance for 18 years. She has held the position of Clinic Director, choreographer for camps and competitions, head dance instructor, and judge at regional competitions and staff auditions. Mrs. Forst has traveled to many different states working with high school and middle school dance teams. For two years she has been asked to take on the task as a presenter for a Director’s Workshop at MA Officer Camp. She has also been a Judge for Starz Dance Competitions, Dance Spotlight USA and MDDT.
Mrs. Forst has had extensive experience teaching at several dance studios. She has been an Instructor of hip hop, jazz, competition team and technique at three dance studios: Dana’s Dance Academy, Irving, TX, Dance Dynamics, The Woodlands, TX, and Memorial Dance Studio, Houston, TX. She was also an instructor for Bonnie Siscoe School of Dance in the areas of Jazz, Hip Hop, Modern/Lyrical, Sr. Company, leaps/turns, solos and trios.
As a professional choreographer, Jennifer has been a Master Class instructor, hired to correct and clean routines for high schools in Dallas and Houston, choreographed dances for middle school and high school dance teams in Dallas and Houston, hired to choreograph for many solos and duets for students on dance teams and in studio in Dallas, Bryan and Houston and she was the resident choreographer for O’Connell High School for 7 years.
She continues her education in dance by attending several conventions throughout the year including TDEA (Texas Dance Educators Association), Tremaine, WCDE, JUMP, NUVO, Velocity, Radix, 24 Seven and ASH dance conventions! This enables her to enhance her dance curriculum and style by learning from premiere dancers and choreographers.