Performer, Choreographer, Tap Master
In Seattle, Denise founded and performed with That’s Jazz, a Seattle based Jazz Dance Company. The company performed at the Seattle Center Playhouse and the Britt Music Festival. While in Seattle, Denise choreographed for The Seattle Opera “The Ballad of Baby Doe”, The Empty Space Theater, “The Day They Came From Way Out There.” The Pioneer Square Theatre, “In a Pigs Valise,” Tacoma Civic Light Opera, “The Merry Widow” and the Seattle Civic Light Opera, “West Side Story” and “Kiss Me Kate.” Most recently, she choreographed “Anything Goes” and “Oliver” in Los Angeles for the West Side Youth Theatre.
Denise danced in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Hotel in “Hallelujah Hollywood” for four years before moving to Seattle. She danced in the Albert Brooks film “I’ll Do Anything,” and was the featured dancer and choreographer for the Roy Clark Special “Especially Roy.” Denise has performed with The Jazz Tap Ensemble.
She studied and performed with tap legends Eddie Brown and Sam Weber. She and her daughter, Angel Pennington, performed as a Mother-Daughter Act at the Four Queens Hotel in Las Vegas, The Jazz Bakery and Ford Amphitheater in Los Angeles and the Cabaret Dinner Theatre in Ashland, Oregon. In 2008, they performed at The Swan Theatre in Ashland, Oregon and the L.A. Tap Festival 2008. Denise also performed and choreographed for L.A. Ironworks. She plays the drums and studied music with Jerry Kalaf, musical director of The Jazz Tap Ensemble and incorporates this skill in her teaching.
Denise has taught workshops and master classes all over the Pacific Northwest and California and was dance faculty at Loyola Marymount University for five years. Most recently, she taught in NYC for a Tradition in Tap workshop that honored her husband, Rober Scheerer. She currently teaches at The Colburn Performing Arts School, Hama’s Dance Center and the Tap Academy.
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4951 Carpenter Ave.
Valley Village, CA 91607