Jennifer teaches Salsa I and II at the Downtown Dance Collective (DDC). She
brings to the DDC a tremendously varied background, steeped in instruction and creativity.
Jennifer has lived in (or been based out of) Montana for most of her life, living in the Flathead and Swan
Valleys for many years. She moved from Kalispell to Missoula in 1999 to work for Montana Fish, Wildlife
& Parks as a fisheries research technician and shortly after entered graduate school, completing her
doctoral research in the beautiful Grand Tetons. During the day, she works as a field researcher and
teaches biology at UM. In the evening, however, Jennifer can be found teaching and rehearsing at the
DDC, which has been her second home for the past four years.
Instruction is not her only vehicle for dance. Jennifer also dances and performs with the DDC’s very own
Espiritu Flamenco, appearing at many venues around the Missoula area, including The Wilma Theater
in The Symbiotic Circus and the Silk Road. In addition, she dances with Patio Andaluz and The Elenita
Brown Dancers and has performed in shows at the Crystal Theater and Missoula Children’s Theater. In
addition to dancing at the studio, Ms. Corbin was instrumental in starting The Brick Room, which hosts
several social dances at the DDC each month, and sits on the committee for Latin Dance Nights. Jennifer
has also worked with Nathan Zavalney at Childbloom Guitar on music and movement workshops for
children, focusing on flamenco and Latin dance rhythms. Most recently, Jennifer worked with Nathan on
the DDC’s latest social dance night, World Dance Party, incorporating facilitated dance to explore Latin
rhythms in a social setting. Other dance collaborations include Flamenco Jam at UM and Gypsy Camp
with Lori Mitchell, another amazing instructor at the DDC.
Flamenco is Jennifer’s passion, but she loves all Latin rhythms, especially those dance forms that
come from the people and tell their stories. Jennifer has studied locally with Heather Adams, Elenita
Brown, and Vicki Lenihan. This summer, she was afforded the opportunity to study flamenco at Festival
Flamenco Internacional de Alburquerque, featuring Pastora Galván, Adela Campallo, Rafael Campallo,
Olga Pericet, and Alfonso Losa. Jennifer brings this experience and her passion for this art form to her
classes at the DDC.