She later auditioned for the Russian Nutcracker to take the role of a Spanish Dancer, which qualified her for an invitation to perform in the Celtic Christmas. After leaving Nevada in 2010, she is proud to return home to her studio to see where her future of dance takes her.
Jillian Helget grew up at Jenny's Studio of Dance spending more time at the studio then her own home throughout her childhood. Beginning at the age of 2 Jillian trained with several teachers and choreographers in all genres of dance including Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Contemporary and Hip-Hop.
Heather Renner is a native Nevadan and a third generation performer. Heather is extremely passionate about many kinds of stage performance, including dramatic performance, which she studied at Damonte Ranch High School’s Performing Arts Center and UNLV. Heather has recently graduated from UNLV and is currently performing with the Utah Shakespeare Festival, in the Musical, Emma. Heather is an amazing opera singer and loves teaching those who are interested in becoming their best self!
Our teachers have amazing backgrounds and amazing experience to share.
Carmen started dancing at the ripe age of 3. Growing up in the studio she pushed herself by going to dance camps and competitions. Carmen was awarded the first Live To Dance Scholarship through Jenny's Studio of Dance given by Miss Jenny and her mother, Barbara. Over her years of dancing Carmen has taken countless master classes with dancers and groups from around the world from 2003-2010.
Nevada Festival Ballet Company and performed in many ballets, including The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, La Sylphide, and Giselle. Jenny was Miss Sparks and Miss Reno and was first runner-up to Miss Nevada in 1989. Jenny opened her studio in 1992 and treasures having the chance to share her love of dance to her many students over the years. Jenny is the proud mother of two daughters and has been married to her husband since 1993.
Jenny graduated from Dominican College in 1987 with a B.A. degree in Dance with an emphasis in ballet. While at Dominican, Jenny trained with the Marin Ballet Academy. During college, Jenny performed with the Dominican College Dance Troupe throughout the Bay area. After college, Jenny taught in the Los Angeles area before returning to her home in the Reno-Sparks area. She was a member of the
Heather held the title of Miss Nevada’s Outstanding Teen 2016 with the Miss America Organization. Upon winning her title, she was also the recipient of the following scholarships/awards: Talent, Personal Interview and Evening Gown and On-stage Question. She used the scholarships awarded to her to continue her education in college and majored in Theater with minors in Political Science and Vocal Performance.
In July 2022, Heather won the title of Miss Nevada and competed at the Miss America competition in December 2022, making Top 7! She also won the Equity and Justice Scholarship and is currently booking Keynote speaking engagements along with her work at the Utah Shakespeare Festival.
She has performed in several shows including; The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, The Life & Times of Walt Disney and others; holding roles such as the Sugar Plum Fairy, The Merliton Queen, Doll, Clown, Alice from Alice & Wonderland, The Genie in Aladdin, Drisella in Cinderella and Flora in Sleeping Beauty among others. At the age of 15 Jillian began teaching through Jenny's at several afterschool programs in underprivileged schools as well as several classes at Jenny's Studio.
Through her time at Jenny's, Jillian found a love for the Miss America Scholarship Program and after competing for 2 years has since become the Executive Director and Producer for the Miss Reno, Sparks & Washoe County Scholarship Program, a local preliminary to Miss Nevada and Miss America where she is responsible for training contestants and title holders.
In her free time Jillian enjoys planning events throughout the community to raise money and awareness for several causes and non-profits to which she is dedicated. Jillian is also on the Board for TheatreWorks of Northern Nevada. Jillian was born and raised in the Reno Sparks Area and love to go to all of the special events. Her favorites are Hot August Nights and Street Vibrations. Jillian has 2 brothers and a dog named Bently. She is very excited to be back at Jenny's where she grew up and to be once again doing what she loves. Dancing.
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