Ever since Damaris Rivera (Dee) was a little girl, she has dreamt of becoming a professional dancer; Inspired by music such as Janet Jackson, Paula Abdul, Micheal Jackson and Madonna, Pop, Hip Hop, Dance and Freestyle became her favorite type of music to dance to. Shortly after Dee turned 17 she auditioned for the Roxy Night Club as one of their dancers and got the job! Dee has performed at over 50 different venues since her first job and continues to keep her dream alive with JMKennedy Entertainment doing what she loves the most… DANCE!
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Jennifer Kennedy – Pole Dancer, Cancer Survivor Role Model.
Written by Tinu exclusively for Pole Spin magazine.
It has been an eventful and exciting journey that began for Jennifer Kennedy some 55 years ago in Derby England. Born to Jamaican immigrants, Jennifer wanted to learn ballet, dancing was something she was born to do.
A kindly German neighbor meant ballet classes for the little Jennifer and a stint with Irene Bell’s Cabaret Troop when she was 17 meant that Jennifer did manage to live dancing dream at least somewhat.
Marrying Edric, she moved to Chicago soon after and went on to have a wonderful family and a long married life of 27 years. Edric however died of heart attack in 2001, a wonderful, wise, loving man who, for Jennifer was the personification of Gandhi, his illustrious compatriot.
Jennifer continued to be strong for her sons but there was more to follow – in 2005 she was diagnosed with breast cancer and a little later she was laid off from her 10 year old job with an airline.
What followed was a struggle to say the least. There was the pain and seeming hopelessness of her disease on the one hand, and the need to keep it all together on the other. Her struggle was fierce, but in the end it was her tremendous spirit that won out. She refused to let the pain and the difficult process of cancer treatment (which can often be worse than the disease itself according to so many survivors) get in her way and continued to live life on her own terms.
It was the fact that Jennifer never stopped dreaming, and that she had the sheer determination that helped her hold her life together and she decided to continue her education. Not letting the pain and her circumstances or her age stand in her way, she decided to go to college and went on to earn herself a degree.
And this wasn’t all. Her passion for dance dictated that she had even loftier goals in mind – her dream of dancing ballet at London’s Covent Garden had undergone a slight alteration and it took the concrete form of a 500 square foot pole dance studio, the J M Kennedy Dance Studio. The studio size soon started to grow to its present size of 3000 square feet and Jennifer’s remarkable ability to bring happiness and empowerment to women by virtue of her dance instruction grew along with it.
If Jennifer wants to send out the message to women to stay strong, then she certainly knows what she is talking about. Overcoming cancer 5 years ago, and starting afresh in life are monumental tasks; to be successful in your chose sphere at relatively later in life even more so!
It makes it all worthwhile for Jennifer when a client’s husband asks her why his wife looks so happy when she walks out the door of their studio! While Jennifer and her studio continue to empower women and educate them of their own worth, she also contributes to charity events to try and give back to the community, in whatever way she can; all the while staying true to her own mantra in life Never Stop Dreaming!
More stories on other cancer survivors can be seen in the October-December 2011 print issue of Pole Spin magazine now on newsstands and bookstores. Also available for worldwide delivery though theSubscription page.
This is a Pole Spin Magazine exclusive. ©2011 Pole Spin Magazine. All rights reserved.
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MURDER MYSTERY BURLESQUE ON OCTOBER 22, 2011
FROM 8:00 -10:00
AT THE HOUSE OF MOOD
461 MAIN ST. UNIT D2, PAWTUCKET RI 02860
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ON OCTOBER 22, 2011 WINSTON, A RICH PLAYBOY KNOWN FOR HIS CRAZY PARTIES AND SEXUAL ESCAPADES, WAS FOUND DEAD IN AN ABANDONED MILL BUILDING LOCATED IN PAWTUCKET RI. THE CAUSE OF DEATH IS UNDETERMINED AT THIS TIME. ALL THAT WE KNOW IS HE WAS MURDERED BY ONE OF THE WOMEN LISTED IN THE FACTS BELOW.
1. HE HAD AN ESTIMATED NET WORTH OF $7.2 BILLION.
3. HIS SECRETARY KNEW THAT HE WAS ABOUT TO LOOSE EVERYTHING. THEY HAD BEEN SCENE ARGUING ON A NUMBER OF OCCASIONS ABOUT AN INCIDENT WITH A “DESK”. SHE REFUSES TO DISCUSS IT.
4. HIS BI-POLAR MISTRESS JUST RETURNED FROM ONE OF HER FREQUENT TRIPS TO “THE HAMPTONS” AKA “THE MENTAL INSTITUTION”
5. WHEN THE POLICE ARRIVED THEY FOUND A STRANGE WOMEN CLAIMING TO BE A PSYCHIC CHANTING NEXT TO WINSTON’S LIFELESS BODY.
6. BEFORE CALLING THE POLICE THE MAID THOROUGHLY CLEANED THE CRIME SCENE CONTAMINATING AND DESTROYING ALL THE EVIDENCE THE KILLER MAY HAVELEFT BEHIND.
7. A LOUNGE SINGER WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY AFTER TAMPERING WITH EVIDENCEFOUND AT THE CRIME SCENE.
8. EVERY HALLOWEEN HE HOLDS A MASQUERADE PARTY AT ONE OF HIS HISTORIC MILL BUILDINGS LOCATED IN PAWTUCKET, RI.
9. THE AUTHOR OF AN ADULT THEMED BOOK TITLED “THE SAFE WORD IS DIE” WAS PUT IN CUSTODY AFTER GETTING INTO A HEATED ARGUMENT WITH WINSTON’S WIFE. SHE KEPT YELLING “DIE” “DIE” EVERY TIME THE WIFE CAME NEAR HER. (IT WAS RUMORED THAT WINSTON WAS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND THE MAIN CHARACTER IN THE AUTHORS BOOK.)
10. A BROKE ACTRESS “FRIEND” OF WINSTONS WAS THE LAST PERSON TO SEE HIM ALIVE. DURING THIS LAST ENCOUNTER WINSTON TOLD HER HE WAS NOT GOING TO FINANCE HER ONE WOMEN SHOW TITLED “ME, MYSELF, AND I” A MODERN, HISTORICAL, FICTIONAL BUT NON-FICTION BASED , DOCUMENTARYABOUT HER LIFE STORY WHERE SHE PLAYS THE BOTH THE INTERVIEWER AND THE SUBJECT OF THE INTERVIEW.
12. HIS EX WAS ALSO FOUND ON THE SCENE WITH HER NEW BOYFRIEND… SHE REPORTEDLY CRASHED THE PARTY IN AN ATTEMPT TO SHOW WINSTON WHAT HE WAS MISSING.
Ditch the workout and Join the party with Jennifer & Andrea at this years Pawtucket Arts Festival. We will be at Slater Park from 12:00pm – 3:00pm on Saturday September 17th & Sunday September 18th!!! Join us for two fun days of Zumba in the park!!
ZUMBA FITNESS Latin-inspired dance-fitness program that blends red-hot international music with easy-to-follow dance steps that everyone enjoys. Dance to your Favorite Salsa, Marange, Bachata, Reggaeton, and top 40 music!
PARENTS Bring your kids for a fun day of Zumba in the park. Burn calories while spending time with your families & friends. Parents love this program because of theeffects it has on kids, increasing their focus and self- confidence, boosting metabolism and enhancing coordination.
Date/TIme: September 17th & 18th from 12:00 – 3:00
Location: Slater Park, Pawtucket RI
For more information click here or call 401 305 3400
After taking pole for the first time, Deanna Cruz wrote…
“Pole Dancing May Just be my New Workout!”
When all else fails why not try some Pole Dancing?? And that’s exactly what I did yesterday as I stopped in at JM Kennedy Studios in Pawtucket for a Pole Dancing AND Zumba class. Let me begin by saying I love working out. Yes you heard me I actually like it. I also love running, but I’ve been laying off it a bit because of my lower back. I decided it’s time to find something else to do instead of just running. So I turned to the experts, Jennifer Kennedy from JM Kennedy Entertainment. And let me just say if Pole Dancing can get me Jennifer’s body than DAMN I’m IN! Lol. I will admit I was a little intimidate and maybe even scared for my life. I mean how the hell am I supposed to climb up this pole or even hang there. But throughout the whole class I kept telling myself, “Just Have Fun” and that’s exactly what I did. And what a workout! I forgot that there are other things you can do instead of running to get a good workout. Pole Dancing is a GREAT upper body AND core workout. So does that mean I’ll finally have a 6-pack?? Well maybe not in the next few classes but maybe I’ll become a ‘Pollerina’ afterall. So after an hour of Pole Dancing I stayed for Zumba. My first Zumba class may I add and wow I felt like I was at a club. I mean this is a workout right? Zumba made me realize you can have fun while burnig some calories. Geezzz I need to change up my workout routine more often and have fun with it. I had a really good time and almost forgot I was working out. Thanks ladies….you’ll definitely be seeing me again. Check out the video below. ENJOY!
Deanna Cruz, “Pole Dancing May Just Be my New Workout!“, August 3, 2011
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Click Here to view JM Kennedy Dance & Pole Fitness Studio Website
LEVEL II IS FOR ADVANCED STUDENTS ONLY. YOU WILL LEARN ADVANCED SPINS, CLIMBS AND INVERTS.
INSTRUCTORS – JENNIFER KENNEDY AND ALICIA
WHAT TO WEAR:
– RAZORBACK TANK TOP OR T- SHIRT *SPINE MUST BE COVERED
– SKORTS OR SHORT *SO LEGS CAN GRIP THE POLE
– SNEAKERS OR ANKLE BOOTS *ALL SHOES MUST HAVE ANKLE SUPPORT
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Ladies… this class is great for your Abs, Glutes, and Arm Sculpting!!
Prerequisite: 6 weeks of Basic Pole
Booty Beat Pole Cardio is a fun way to burn calories and
build muscle. We take our ten basic pole steps and fuse
them with none stop dance. We work both the left and the right side.
In pole everyone has a tendency to work only their strong side. In Booty Beat we work both sides ensuring that you get the full body workout you deserve.
If you like Zumba and you like pole this class is for you. You shake it to none stop afrosonic music while working the pole!!! Click here to register online!