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An Infusion of Culture and History into the World of Dance
by Helene Foster

Jenny Larrson by Teodora-Dakova-PhotographyAfter spending most of her life living abroad, Jenny Larsson is so thankful to have the ability to dance at home in Broward County. A native of Sweden, she has combined her life experience with her dance studies to spread awareness about a unique type of performance right here in South Florida.

Her dance style takes its technique from both modern dance and flamenco and infuses international and local culture and history. In her artistic statement on her website, Larsson states, "My strong technical background in both modern dance and Flamenco shape a unique movement quality and style. One world gives me dramatic aesthetic; the other abstract movement and somatic understanding."

Photo: Jenny Larsson - Teodora Dakova Photography

Jenny Larsson - The Forest Diaries: The Performance

Larsson has also called Thailand, Spain and New York home over the years. She started her dance training as a teenager while also studying theater and graduated from the University of Dance and Circus in Stockholm. Although she studied ballet and jazz, she was ultimately drawn to modern and Flamenco dance.

She traveled from Sweden to Spain to complete her training and had the opportunity to tour with a Flamenco company. In 2007, she and her husband relocated to South Florida and, three children later, she still manages to have time to teach at Broward College, choreograph and perform.

Her most recent project was a three-part program that received substantial local support. Entitled, The Forest Diaries (The Film, The Exhibit, The Performance), it was supported in part by the Cultural Foundation of Broward and the Swedish Women's Educational Association (SWEA) South Florida.

Her many accolades include being recognized as an Emerging Choreographer in 2011 by Karen Peterson and Dancers in Miami; receiving the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee's Chancellors and Regents Award for outstanding achievement in 2012; and the Creative Investments Program (CIP) Grant from Broward Cultural Division in 2013 and 2014.

Receiving the $2,000 from the CIP Grant helped Larsson put together the multimedia triad of The Forest Diaries. In addition to the innovative choreography, she was able to incorporate more than a dozen screens and use props and video from Sweden. Broward County has offered her many opportunities to grow her audience base and showcase her work. "There is less competition here than in Miami-Dade, more support of the arts and I think it's wonderful to be able to give something new to Broward audiences."

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Photographs: The Forest Diaries: The Performance Choreographer: Jenny Larsson
Dancers: Rachel Carroll, Jenny Larsson, Lize-Lotte Pitlo

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