Spotlight Vermont

Let Your Light Shine

Performing arts education and performing opportunities. Dance, acting, musical theater education for both casual and professional students of all ages.

Jennifer Barden

Director - Spotlight Vermont
Co Founder - Vermont Musical Theatre Academy

Teaches - Tap, Jazz, Musical Theater Dance

Jen has been dancing most of her life.  She started dance at the age of 5 at the prestigious "June Claire School of Dance" on Long Island.  She later went on to be one of their youngest teachers at age 16.  Despite her young age, Jen traveled to New York City weekly to study with some of the top dance teachers & choreographers at studios like Steps, Broadway Dance, Phil Black Studio and more. 

 In 1987 she moved to Vermont. Although she was asked to fly back to New York weekly to continue teaching there, she decided instead to begin her own dance program in Middlebury. In 1996, Spotlight On Dance was born.  

 Jen is extremely grateful for the opportunity to teach students of all ages, and share her love of dance!  She has seen some of her students move on to pursue performing arts professionally.  However, she is most proud of her contribution toward having her students grow up in her studio to become strong, confident and disciplined individuals.  She is a teacher and mentor to many!

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