Giselle Anguizola created the first California Girl Jam in 2005 to celebrate the role of women in vernacular jazz dance and to provide the swing dance community with a workshop devoted entirely to the follower’s perspective. In collaboration with Jojo Jackson, girljam.us was created to spread this concept. Since the California debut, there have been eleven Girl Jams and dozens of follower-focused dance events that have been hosted in nearly every region of the United States, as well as in countries abroad.
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“I see Girl Jam as a celebration of women. It’s an opportunity for women to inspire one another in a supportive, collective way and take this inspiration to the dance floor. It’s a chance to take what has been ‘hiding’ and let it shine. I emphasize individuality and I hope that follows can bring these concepts to their partnered dance to both continue and enliven it.”
Giselle Anguizola, Girl Jam Founder