Brenda was performing since she could walk. She and her sister would put together routines and dance for their mother’s guests, one of her earliest numbers being to Michael Jackson’s “Shake You Body (Down To The Ground)”. They would also include some basic swing and ‘aerials’, her older sister being big enough to swing her around.
Brenda continued to create routines with girls from the neighborhood, she had her own dance crew called ‘Great Balls of Fire’ who at one point were dancing to a lot of Madonna. The girls would dance on the coffee tables when their mothers were away, until one of the girls fell through the glass top of the coffee table at Brenda’s Mother’s house.
In high school Brenda performed as a dancer in a fashion production her marketing club produced. Her dancing caused quite a stir at the school, especially among the staff.
Brenda was also doing aerobic workouts from 1985 until the late 90’s, which she attributes a lot of her African and Jazz background to, as it was often based on those dances and even done to live drummers or African based music. Doing these workout routines allowed her to pick up choreographies with ease. That along with formation training in marching band drumming gave her a lot of skills as a student and choreographer in dance.
For religious reasons Brenda stopped performing for many years, dancing only in private or with family members, until rejoining the dance world with vigor in 2000. The country line dance and swing dance crazes happened over those years, however Brenda made sure to get all the latest moves from friends and relatives during that time.
Upon joining the dance world Brenda was received with open arms. After six months of intensive training she was invited to join two performance troupes, Boogie Back Productions, and Salsa Con Sabor. Brenda later became Creative director for Boogie Back Productions which had three dance teams and a performance class. A swing dance formation team, an aerials competition and performance team, and a women’s charleston group. Brenda also joined a Seattle based salsa dance company for a time, but returned to Salsa Con Sabor and eventually took over the Salsa classes at the studio she had been training at for many years.
In 2004 Brenda started her own studio and coached performance classes in Balboa, Lindy Hop, and Salsa, while continuing to perform with various dance partners at festivals and private events.
Sometime shortly after this Brenda realized the demands of working at festivals and studio ownership were not compatible, and took back to the road, teaching, judging, and occasionally competing at dance events around the world, knowing that the studio life would always be there to come home to when she was ready.
Brenda has continued to teach a women’s performance group throughout the years until this past year when her trips overseas required her to take a leave from this passion of hers. She is now working with a group of dancers in Portland weekly with the hopes of a performance group developing from that body of dancers.
She also continues to privately coach other dancers who compete, perform, and teach and loves seeing them accomplish their personal goals.
Lindy Focus XI
Mile High Blues
Rose City Blues (replaced ECBF)
Emerald City Blues Festival
2006/2007 Rhythmic Arts (New Years)
Famous Lucky Video
- jook joint 1st place w/ Andrew Slac
- ballroomin’ finals w/ Shaheed Qaasim
- invitational J&J finals w/ Dexter Santos
Drama Queen Moves (tricks/lifts) workshop
Herraeng Talent Night