Jennifer Tweel Kelly is the owner of The Hip Joint, a native of Charlottesville, and has been involved in dance, yoga, and movement arts her whole life. Jen received a BA in Dance from James Madison University and has been performing and teaching dance ever since. Jen has performed with Chihamba, pieces of dance exchange, Chavasse Dance and Performance, and CORA/Shannon Hummel among others. She has also shown her own work primarily in the San Francisco Bay Area and Virginia.
Jen has taught people ages 3-adult at pre-schools, private schools, colleges and universities. She has been influenced by her teachers all over the country in her movement studies experiences including American Dance Festival, Tisch School of the Arts, Bates Dance Festival, and Alexander technique training. Jen has been a member of Charlottesville’s Zen Monkey Project since 1999. She lives with her husband, Christian, daughter, Maya, and son, Will, in Charlottesville. They also own Maya Restaurant on West Main Street. She opened The Hip Joint in November of 2003 and continues to be an active member of the arts community in the area.