Jenny Gerena is a Phoenix based performing artist, choreographer and photographer. She is an alumna of Scottsdale Community College, Sam Houston State University and Arizona State University, where she attained a Masters of Fine Arts in Dance in May of 2016. Since 2014 she has been a resident choreographer at Scottsdale Community College, where she also imparts her pedagogical methodologies as adjunct faculty in modern dance and is also the department photographer.
Jenny has presented two evening length pieces in the Phoenix Valley, Flesh Narratives (January 2016) and Lavender (May 2016), which was a part of the [nueBOX] artist residency program. Jenny, along with a visual artists and musician received a grant supported by [nueBOX] and the Mesa Arts Center to create a collaborative site-specific dance installation piece, titled Roda-Viva, which premiered at the Mesa Arts SPARK! Festival of Creativity and was named the "10 best things" in the Phoenix New Times. In 2017 Jenny joined the [nueBOX] team as a Permanent Artist in Residence and also serves on staff as the program Media & Marketing Director.
Jenny has been a choreographer in residence at the Florida Dance Festival, Fusionworks Dance Company in Rhode Island and Instinct Dance Corps. in Arizona. Jenny had the privilege to perform and present a duet titled, From Dirt to Soil, at the Multi-purpose Dance Project in SoHo, NY and the 2017 Breaking Ground Dance Festival in Tempe, AZ. She is also present in the Phoenix valley as a photographer, X&O Photography. Her work has been featured in Arizona Dance E-Star Magazine, receiving photo of the month twice in 2016 and in 2017. In February 2017 her photography was displayed in an exhibition hosted by Phoenix Institute of Contemporary Art featuring photography that documents creative process and practice.