Kicking and Screaming
by Jenna and Bodhi Elfman
Jenna and her husband, Bodhi's podcast during which they discuss marriage, life and annoyance. Not in that order. Their latest episode is available for download on iTunes, as well as all earlier editions. You can also subscribe and watch via the Kicking and Screaming You Tube Channel.
Friendly Disclaimer: These recordings are unedited, raw, and contain explicit content and colorful language. Listener discretion is advised.
"dancing with the all-Stars"
On November 10th, Jenna attended "Dancing With the All-Stars", a charity event co-hosted by the Dizzy Feet Foundation and Share, Inc. benefitting the Special Olympics World Games 2015. The event took place in Beverly Hills, CA at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. The evening was filled with dance performances, past and present, and a multigenerational array of dance superstars, including those from the hit dance reality shows "Dancing with the Stars" and "So You Think You Can Dance".
While in Virginia for the Big Stone Gap premiere last November, Jenna and fellow BSG cast member Patrick Wilson took some time out to speak with a class of drama students at the University of Virginia.
National Dance Day
National Dance Day is an annual celebration that takes place on the last Saturday in July. Launched in 2010 by “So You Think You Can Dance” co-creator and Dizzy Feet Foundation co-president Nigel Lythgoe, this grassroots campaign encourages Americans to embrace dance as a fun and positive way to maintain good health and fight obesity.
On July 26th, Jenna had the honor of leading the 5th Annual National Dance Day event at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C., one of many similar events that took place across America, mainly in Los Angeles and at New York's Lincoln Center. Along with Jenna, "So You Think You Can Dance" (SYTYCD) 2013 winner Fik-Shun taught the official 2014 National Dance Day routine to about a thousand enthusiasts who jam-packed Kennedy Center's 630-foot-long Grand Foyer.
"Dancing uses every part and every aspect of your body, mind, and soul. It's the most inclusive kind of exercise," Jenna said in a recent interview with examiner.com. "Dancing has helped me so much in so many ways."
TV Appearance Links
THE QUEEN LATIFAH SHOW (3/10/14)
RACHAEL RAY (3/4/14)
New Dharma & Greg DVD
The wait is over! After many years of anticipation, fans of Jenna's popular sitcom "Dharma & Greg" finally have the opportunity to purchase "The Complete Season 2" of the show on DVD! This is great news since, up until now, only Season 1 (out of the show's five season run) had been released on DVD previously.
Jenna tweeted to her fans on January 12th: "Hey DHARMA & GREG fans! Now you can buy Season 2 DVD on Amazon!!!!! YAYYYY!" along with this Amazon link to view/purchase the DVD.
Jenna won the Golden Globe Award for "Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Musical/Comedy" for her portrayal of Dharma during this second season of the show.
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Big Stone Gap premieres at virginia film festival
Jenna's next feature film, Big Stone Gap, due in theaters this year and written and directed by Adriana Trigiani (also the author of the N.Y Times bestselling novel, Big Stone Gap, the book the film was based on), also stars Ashley Judd, Patrick Wilson, Whoopi Goldberg, and Jane Krakowski. It was shot on location in and around the actual town where the story takes place, a small mining town called Big Stone Gap, Virginia.
Jenna recently attended the film's premiere on Thursday, November 6, 2014 in Charlottesville, Virginia. It premiered at the Paramount Theater to a sold-out crowd of about 1,100 as the first film of this year’s Virginia Film Festival.
Jenna, alongside fellow cast members Ashley Judd, Patrick Wilson, and Jasmine Guy, participating in a press conference before the premiere and at a question-and-answer session afterward, all shared how welcomed they’d felt when filming in Wise County.
As reported by Allie Robinson of the Gibson Bristol Herald Courier on TriCities.com, Jenna said that going to Big Stone Gap to film the movie and leaving the chaos of Los Angeles, was a welcome break for her.
"Coming to Big Stone Gap was unbelievably therapeutic for me because it reminded me of how good people really are,” she said. “It was a giant time for me to be uplifted by the people of Big Stone Gap.”
While filming, Jenna took many photos of her fun adventures filming on location, goofing around with fellow cast and crew members, and visiting interesting places and encountering many smiling faces around town. She chronicled her experience on social media and even had her two boys along for the ride art of the time, even spending Halloween on location there.
Needless to say, being a part of making this film was a truly an unforgettable experience for Jenna. She loved meeting, taking photos with, and getting to know the wonderful people in all the areas they filmed, and will treasure her time there always.
So You Think You Can Dance/Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
As a board member of the Dizzy Feet Foundation, a nonprofit organization created to benefit the dance community, Jenna was invited to visit Hubbard Street Dance Chicago while in Chicago filming the "So You Think You Can Dance" (SYTYCD) Season 11 premiere, for which she was a guest judge for the second time.
Along with Nigel Lythgoe (SYTYCD creator and executive producer and co-president and founding member of the Dizzy Feet Foundation) and Danae Rees, the executive director of the Dizzy Feet Foundation, Jenna was welcomed to observe rehearsals of the company, as well as its youth program classes.
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago features 18 dancers and is one of the only dance companies in America to perform year-round, domestically as well as overseas.
The Hubbard Street Youth Dance Program's Hip Hop A and Choreo Lab classes were also a treat to observe, another example of the type of dance programs to which the Dizzy Feet Foundation provides scholarships and assistance.
Dizzy Feet Foundation also aims to elevate and standardize the quality of dance instruction throughout the U.S. by offering accreditation and/or certification to dance schools and studios in most styles of dance.
The foundation’s Accreditation Program will be the gold standard for dance instruction in the United States; it will ensure that students can feel confident that they are receiving high-quality dance instruction aligned to a national standard.