Jeanette Bent

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Specializing in Live Performance, Experiential/Pop-up Events, Branding, Talent, Choreography/Staging, Scripts & Writing

Over 25 years of dance and acrobatic musical theatre choreography in eclectic global entertainment venues. High attendance and ticket sales with exemplary production value and leadership. Unique blend of performance, choreography, event creation and writing. Online portfolio available at JeanetteBent.Rocks

Entrepreneur History

Stellaria Creative Company

Santa Cruz, CA

2013 – present

Founder & President


Marketing, events and performance company specializing in experiential, engagement and atmospheric marketing and entertainment for theme parks, cruise ships, resorts, sports teams, dinner theatre and festivals, as well as private company branding and activations. Original scripts & show packages for sale, include: Atlantis, Backwoods, Bellasphere, CounterCulture, Creatures, Fantaerial, Orbial Bebop, Pirates and Steampunk.

Aerial Arts Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, CA

2013 – 2017

Founder & Former Studio Owner


Created the premier circus and pole acrobatics studio in Santa Cruz for beginners through advanced children and adult students. Sold the studio for net worth of $25,000 in January, 2017. While under my tenure, I oversaw 20 instructors and over 200 students; produced shows and events; arranged workshops for international guest instructors; hosted and installed a stylish physical atmosphere with over 15 aerial rigging points, four 15-foot poles, an office and production closet; kept a popular online/social media presence (Facebook, YouTube, Yelp, Google, Instagram, Twitter); profited from promotional marketing services (Living Social, Groupon and Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation); hosted Santa Cruz’s first ever pole competition (Pole Dance America, 2014) in addition to Santa Cruz’s first ever aerial and pole competition (U.S. Aerial, 2015); and guest spoke at Cabrillo College (Aptos, CA) and Cortines School for Visual and Performing Arts (L.A.).

Marketing Director

Santa Cruz Children’s Museum of Discovery

Santa Cruz, CA

2018 – present


Assist the Executive Director in all marketing and fundraising endeavors, including in-person promotions to draw patrons to the museum (numbers have increased both fiscally and by attendance); online and social media presence (designed and published a new website and developed a social media voice); raised over $15,000 in a variety of fundraising endeavors (in-person and online campaigns); made valuable connections with potential donors, exhibit sponsors and community partners; streamlined all content, branding and messaging (newsletters, brochure, print collateral, website, social media); maintain control and oversee the Museum’s internal content with managers; absorbed all publicity and PR for the launch of our Sustainability Campaign and the ED’s retirement announcement; and mediate communications between the Museum’s founders, board members, managers and staff.

Google Pay App (Google Headquarters)

Mountainview, CA



Managed a team of 7 brand ambassadors to activate the Google Pay app in a variety of brick-and-mortal businesses all throughout the Bay Area. I drove the team during a one-week activation lasting from 8 am until 5 pm daily; managed the corresponding tracking spreadsheet; increased visibility for Google Pay by visiting 500 locations over 5 days; and was asked back 6 months later to lead a different team on the same activation. We reported from the Google Headquarters in Mountain View, California.

Brand Activations/Field & Experiential Marketing

  • GMR Marketing – Esurance at Levi’s Stadium for the 49ers’ home games (2017); Yahoo! at Levi’s Stadium for the 49ers’ home games (2017); Rakuten at Oracle Arena for the Golden State Warriors’ home games (2018).
  • Extreme Marketing – Mars Candy at Walmart in Gilroy (2017); Pay by Phone downtown San Francisco (2018).
  • Productions Plus – Miele Vacuums at Bed, Bath and Beyond in San Jose (2017).
  • ATN Promotions – NASCAR & Continental Tires at Leguna Seca Raceway in Salinas (2017).

Live Performance, Fine Arts & Commercial Background (for more detailed information, please visit my website at JeanetteBent.Rocks)

  • Cruise Ships & Resorts – Talent Search Dancer onboard Norwegian Cruiseline's Gem (2006); Choreographer & Aerialist at Club Med Cancun Yucatan, Turkoise, Sandpiper (2008 – 2009); Assistant Choreographer, Dance Teacher & Stage Manager at Club Maeva in Manzanillo, Colimo, Mexico (2007 – 2008).
  • Theme Parks & Fairgrounds – California’s Great America Halloween Haunt “Blood Yard” Aerialist (All Wheel Sports, 2019); Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk’s “Pirates” Show Acrobat (Stellaria Entertainment, 2016) and “Circus of Nations” Show Aerialist (Mirage Entertainment, 2015); Santa Cruz County Fair Choreographer (TEC Productions, 2014 – 2015); Disneyland & California Adventure’s Parade and Stage Dancer (Dance the Magic, 2012); Orange County Fair Dancer (Fusion, 2004).
  • Theatre & Dinner Theatre – Aerialatrical Experience Founder, Producer, Choreographer, Script Writer (Stellaria Productions, 2016 – 2018); Roaring Camp Railroads Producer, Choreographer, Script Writer, Performer (Stellaria Production & Entertainment, 2016).
  • Site-Specific & Flash Mobs – Book-a-Flash-Mob Choreographer (Morgan Hill, Walnut Creek, San Francisco, Salinas, Napa Valley, 2014 – 2018); Santa Cruz Arts Council Ebb & Flow Festival Choreographer and Performer (Stellaria Entertainment, 2017); ProDanza USA/Italia, “Romeo & Juliet” and “Finale Gala” Choreographer and Dancer (Montescudaio; Castiglioncello, Italy, 2006); Sun Force Ensemble Dancer (Aix-en-Provence, France, 2005 – 2006).

Radio, T.V. & Sports Entertainment

(Stellaria Entertainment) Santa Cruz Warriors and Santa Cruz Derby Girls, 2016; Radio Host (Jeanette Bent) for KSCO in Santa Cruz, CA, 2015; Budweiser’s “The Perfect Match” Commercial, Dancer, 2012; Everclear’s “Be Careful What You Ask For” Music Video, Dancer, 2012; Timbaland’s “Hands Up In The Air” Music Video, Dancer, 2012; Franklin & Bash, Season 2 Finale, Dancer, 2012; Nickelback’s “Trying Not To Love You” Music Video, Actor, 2012; The Glee Project’s “ELEMENTARY POP!” Choreographer, 2011; Predators/Code Red Dancers (RAFL), Staten Island, NY, Dancer/Cheerleader, 2010 – 2011; The Buzz/The Honeybees Dancers (ABA), Maywood, CA, Choreographer, 2006 – 2007; Radio Host (DJ Jazzerina) for KBEACH in Long Beach, CA, 2007; NBA Summer Pro-league, Long Beach, CA, Dancer, 2004; Super Bowl XXXVII, Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA, Pre-game/Half-time Dancer, 2003

Choreography & Teaching:

  • City of Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation Department, hoop dance instructor, January 2013 – December 2018
  • Director of the Santa Cruz Aerial Playground & teach aerial hammock, Lyra, hoop dance, pole, September 2012 – August 2013
  • Pole Parties by Zahara, Santa Cruz, CA, pole dance party instructor, curriculum creator, November 2012 – August 2013
  • Tannery Arts Center, Santa Cruz, CA, jazz I, jazz II, hip hop instructor, October 2012 – August 2013
  • Lifestyle Fitness, Watsonville, CA, BodyFlow, PiYo, Konga, hoop dance instructor, September 2012 – January 2014
  • Formerly: Cabrillo College, Aptos, CA, guest hip-hop choreographer, September 2012 – November 2012
  • MainStage Kids at Saddleback College, Mission Viejo, CA, musical theatre choreographer, Nov. 2011 – August 2012
  • Pole Position Fitness, Long Beach, CA, pole, Zumba, hoop dance instructor, Nov. 2011 – August 2012
  • 24 Hour Fitness, Orange County, Los Angeles County, CA; New York City, NY, dance, PiYo, BodyFlow Zumba instructor, Jan 2003 – Aug 2012
  • Youth Policy Institute, Los Angeles, CA, Zumba, cheer, dance, musical theatre instructor, Feb. 2012 – May 2012
  • StarChild Elite, Los Angeles, CA, Zumba, Glee, cheer, dance instructor, Jan. 2012 – April 2012
  • The Glee Project’s “ELEMENTARY POP!” New York City, NY, choreographer, July 2011
  • Silhouette Dance Studio, Staten Island, NY, dance teacher, Sept. 2010 – May 2011
  • SHOCKra Studio, New York City, NY, aerial pole fitness, Zumba and dance instructor, Sept. 2010 – Feb. 2011
  • From Mind to Body, New York City, NY, regional manager and pole dance instructor, Feb. 2010 – Oct. 2010
  • Movement Research Open Performance, Dance Theater Workshop, New York City, NY, choreographer and performer, June 2010
  • “T.S. Eliot: A New Musical,” New York City, NY, choreographer, May – June 2010
  • DNA’s “ChoreoLab,” Dance New Amsterdam, New York City, NY, choreographer and performer, Nov. 2009
  • LAVA Love’s “Night of the Renegades,” Lava LOVE, Brooklyn, NY, choreographer and performer, Nov. 2009
  • Moving Beauty’s “Dance Lab,” Nicu's Spoon Theater, New York City, NY, choreographer and performer, Sept. 2009
  • Club Med, Cancun, Mexico; Turks & Caicos Islands; Port St. Lucie, FL, choreographer and director, April 2008 – Aug. 2009
  • Club Maeva, Manzanillo, Mexico, assistant choreographer, Sept. 2007 – March 2008
  • ProDanza USA/Italia's “Romeo & Juliet”; “Gala,” Montescudaio; Castiglioncello, Italy, choreographer and performer, July 2006
  • Rock Kidz Theater, Santa Monica, CA, choreographer, July 2005
  • Fulton Elementary School, Los Angeles, CA, choreographer, May 2005
  • ICE nightclub, West Los Angeles, CA, choreographer, July 2004
  • Model's Guide “Runway Fashion Show,” Santa Monica, CA, choreographer, Oct. 2002


  • Board Member of the 418 Project (dance studio) in Santa Cruz, 2018
  • Backstage member 2016 – present
  • Playwrights' Center, 2015 – present
  • International Dance Council (CID), 2012 – present
  • Arts for L.A., 2012 - 2013
  • Society of Stage Directors & Choreographers (SDC) associate union, 2011 – present
  • International Talent Agency, Rising Stars, 2011 – present
  • StarNow, 2010 – present
  • Theatre Communications Group (TCG), 2009 – present
  • Freelancer's Union, 2009 - present
  • International Pole Dance Fitness Association (IPDFA), 2009 - 2016
  • US Pole Dance Federation (USPDF), 2009 - 2016
  • American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD), 2009 - 2013
  • Stage Manager's Association (SMA) associate member, 2009 – 2011

Training, Certifications & Related Experience

  • Certifications – CPR & First Aid, 2015; Aerial Arts America’s International Aerial Teacher Training, 2013; Discoveries Dance Pole Instructor Certification, 2012; The Jungle Body’s Konga, 2012; Powder Blue’s PiYo, 2012; Discoveries Dance for Pole Fitness Instruction Certification, 2012; Les Mills’ BodyFlow, 2012; Hoopnotica’s Teacher Training and Certification Program, level 1 & 2, 2012; Zumba Basic level 1 & 2, 2009; DanceCheer’s Coaching Principles, 2009; Dance New Amsterdam's Choreography Investigation Course level 1, 2009; Zumba Gold, 2008; Michele Blake’s Diverse Dance & Salsa Sizzle, 2008; Expert Rating’s Dance Notation, 2007; Fédération Française de Danse, 2005; Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), 2003
  • Musical Theatre Writing – Student of the Dramatists Guild's certification course, 2020 - present; MusicalWriters.com writer's group, 2020 - present; lyricist in New Musical Theater’s Lyrics Lab writing course, 2017; Bookwriting student in New Musical Theater’s Book Lab writing course, 2015 - 2016; student in New Musical Theater’s Core Curriculum writing course, 2015 – 2016.
  • Acrobatic Pole Training – level 4/5 (professional elite) competitor, New York City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, 2009 – 2016.
  • Aerial Training – professional elite/advanced competitor, Los Angeles, 2008 – 2016.
  • Dance Training – contemporary, jazz, ballet/pointe, modern, hip hop, salsa, belly dance; California, New York City, France, Italy, Mexico, Turks & Caicos, Florida, 1997 – present.
  • Stage Management, Technical Lighting, Sound Experience – “Wonderland,” Time Square Arts Center, NYC, Stage Manager & Aerialist, 2010; “T.S. Eliot: A New Musical,” Producers' Club Theaters, NYC, Stage Manager & Choreographer, 2010; “Le Nozze Di Figaro,” Chelsea Opera, NYC, Stage Manager, 2010; “Mating Dance of the Scarlet Honeyeater & It's in His Kiss,” Where Eagles Dare, NYC, Stage Manager, 2009; “Natasa Trifan Performance Group,” Slag Gallery, NYC, Stage Manager & Lighting Designer, 2009; Dance New Amsterdam (DNA) Production Apprentice, NYC, 2009 – 2011.

Miscellaneous Skills & Achievements (for more detailed information, please visit my website at JeanetteBent.Rocks)

  • Athletic/Artistic Competitions – metaled 5 out of the 7 competitions I’ve entered in both aerial hoop and pole advanced/professional divisions from 2013 – 2015 (United States) and invited to compete internationally.
  • Athletic Sponsorships/Representation – Wynn Star Production and Talent Agency (2018-present); Santa Cruz CORE Fitness and Rehab (2014 – 2016); NIKE company (Rockstar Workout Dancehall, 2006 – 2007).
  • Miscellaneous – Wrote and won Santa Cruz Arts Council’s Development Grant for $713 in 2016; Awarded $1,000 scholarship from Be Discovered to perform in two Disneyland parades and one stage show, 2012; Camp manager and trainer for Varsity’s National Dance Alliance and National Cheerleader’s Association, Northeast and Southwest Regions, U.S.A., 2010 – 2012; Dance and fitness instructor at 24Hour Fitness, Northeast and Southwest Regions, U.S.A., 2002 – 2012; Awarded $1,500 scholarship from Toyota for outstanding journalism, 2005; Fluent in French; Published over 1,000 articles in dance, art, philosophy, culture and current events, three books (fiction and prose), and six musical theatre productions.
  • Writing – Published over 100 newspaper and magazine articles in dance, art, philosophy, culture and current events, and three books (fiction, prose and sci-fi), 2000 – present.
  • Editorial – City Editor, Managing Editor, Production Editor, Copy Editor; Long Beach, CA and New York City, 2004 – 2009.
  • Teaching – Over 17 years of collective experience teaching musical theatre, dance, aerobics, aerial, pole and a variety of fitness genres.


Below are specific skills and gigs that I had performed in prior to owning Aerial Arts Santa Cruz (2013 - 2017), when I performed, hosted and produced multiple circus, dance and theatrical events at my studio:

Circus (contortion, pole, lyra, hammock, silks, static trapeze):

  • “Circus Cabaret,” Santa Cruz, CA, double aerial hoop performer, November 2012
  • “Santa Cruz Open Streets Festival,” Santa Cruz, CA, aerial pole and hoop dance demonstrator, October 2012
  • “The Seven Deadly Sins,” West Hollywood, CA, aerial hoop performer and dancer, May 2012
  • “Pole Dance Music Video [for KCW Studios],” Alhambra, CA, acro-pole dancer, April 2012
  • “FIGMENT,” Governor's Island, NY, contortionist and hula hoop performer, June 2010
  • “Brick City Burlesque,” Hell's Kitchen Lounge, Newark, NJ, contortionist and aerial pole performer, Feb. 2010 – June 2010
  • “Wonderland,” Time Square Arts Center, New York City, NY, contortionist and aerial pole performer, April 2010
  • “Insomnia,” La Poisson Rouge, New York City, NY, contortionist, Jan. 2010
  • “Original Cyn,” Lucky 13 Saloon, Brooklyn, NY, aerial pole dancer, Jan. 2010
  • “TSNY IFW show,” Trapeze School New York, New York City, NY, Lyra performer, Dec. 2009
  • Club Med, Cancun, Mexico; Turks & Caicos Islands; Port St. Lucie, FL, hammock, static trapeze and silks performer, April 2008 –Aug. 2009

Dance Theatre & Burlesque:

  • “IAD’s Nutcracker,” Santa Cruz, CA, dancer and aerialist, November 2012
  • “You Can’t Call Me That … Word,” Piccolo Books (Howard Hughes Center), L.A., CA, choreographer and performer, May 2012
  • “One Night Stand,” Sapphire Lounge, New York City, NY, contortionist and burlesque performer, Nov. 2009; Jan. – March 2010
  • “Wham! Bam! Variety Hour,” The Delancey, New York City, NY, burlesque performer, Jan. 2010
  • “Kitty Nights Burlesque,” Bar on A, New York City, NY, burlesque performer, Nov. 2009 – Jan. 2010
  • “Tingle Tangle,” Ella Lounge, New York City, NY, burlesque performer, Dec. 2009
  • New York City School of Burlesque’s “Student Showcase”; “Sloppy Seconds,” The Slipper Room, New York City, NY, Oct. – Dec. 2009
  • California State University, Long Beach’s “Student Showcase,” Long Beach, CA, tap, pointe and jazz dancer, May 2007
  • “Fashion Show”; “Competition de Danse”; “Sun Force Gala,” Arles; Marseille; Aix-en-Provence, France, hip hop, raggaeton, house and jazz dancer, Oct. 2005; Jan. 2005; June 2006
  • The O.C. Fair; NBA Summer Pro League’s “Half-time Show,” Orange County; Long Beach, CA, hip hop and jazz dancer, June 2004
  • Grand Opening Macy's, “Capitola Runway Fashion Show,” Capitola, CA, jazz, hip hop and salsa dancer, May 2002

Dance Troupes & Companies:

  • The Tannery Arts Center, Santa Cruz, CA, performer, September 2012 – June 2013
  • Dirty Little Secrets, Huntington Beach, CA, performer, Jan. 2012 – August 2012
  • Birdlesque, New York City, NY, creative director, Oct. 2009 – June 2010
  • Sun Force, Aix-en-Provence, France, dancer, Sept. 2005 – June 2006
  • Fusion, Westminster, CA, dancer, Jan. 2004 – October 2004
  • New Boom Squad; City Heat, Santa Cruz, CA, dancer, September 2000 – June 2001; September 2001 – June 2002
  • The Coastlands (church) V.B.S. Dance Squad, Aptos, CA, dancer, May – June 1998

Training & Education:

First Annual International Dance Festival, Mountain View, CA; contemporary, ballet, modern, salsa dancer (August 2012)
Orange County Aerial Arts (OCAA); aerial circus classes in Lyra, silks and hammock (2011 – 2012)
Dance the Magic; parade dancer and stage show dancer, Disneyland, Anaheim (2012)
LAVA Love Work/Study, Brooklyn, NY; handstands and tumbling (2009 – 2010)
Trapeze School New York (TSNY); aerial circus classes in Lyra, silks, hammock and Spanish web (2009 – 2010)
New York Pole Dancing (NYPD); climb and spin for pole dancing (2009 – 2010)
New York City School of Burlesque; hula hoop and character development (2009 – 2010)
Steps on Broadway Work/Study, New York City, NY; ballet, modern and jazz (2007)
American Dance Festival’s (ADF) winter intensive, New York City, NY; contemporary, post-modern and jazz (2007)
California State University, Long Beach; jazz, ballet, modern, tap and pointe (2002 – 2007)
ProDanza USA/Italia's summer intensive, Tuscany, Italy; modern, jazz and hip hop (2006)
Ballet Preljocaj dance intensive, Aix-en-Provence, France; contemporary, modern and ballet (2006)
Institut des Études Français pour Étudiants Étrangers, Aix-Marseille III, France; jazz, ballet, modern and tap (2005 – 2006)
Aix City Ballet, Aix-en-Provence, France; jazz, Riverdance and contemporary (2005 – 2006)
LA DANCEFORCE (LADF) summer dance convention, Las Vegas, NV; hip hop, salsa, jazz and lyrical modern (2005)
Motion Pacific Dance Junction, Santa Cruz, CA; hip hop, funk, jazz, commercial/pop, salsa, ballet and belly dance (1999 – 2002)


Additional Info

  • Performer Skills: Acrobat, Aerial Bartender, Aerial Hammock, Aerial Hoops (Lyra), Aerial Net, Aerial Silk, Ambiance Performer, Costumed Character, Burlesque Performer, Hula Hoops, Interactive Performer, Performance Artist, Pole Performers/Dancer, Variety , Aerial Cube, Aerial Tissue, Coaches, Choreographers, Living Statues
  • Act Type: Single Act, Group Act, Troupe Act
  • Available For: Anniversary(celebration of Marriage years), Baby Shower, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Bars, Birthday Parties, Charity, Christmas, Clubs, Concerts, Corporate Affairs/ Events, Costume Party, Cruise Ships, Dances Parties, Fundraisers, Grand Openings, Graduation, Kids Parties, Masquerade Party, New Year’s Eve Party, Private Parties/Events, Proms, Street fairs / Festivals, Sweet 16, Resturants, Valentine’s Day Party, Weddings, Wedding Shower, Advertising, Award Banquets, Commercials, Film, Product Launches, Promotions, Store Promotions, Tradeshows, TV, Video, Casinos, Casting / Auditions, Circus Jobs, Interactive Crowd Mingling, Childrens Entertainment, Cabarets, Theaters, Broadway, Off Broadway, Hotels, Lounges, Resorts
  • Language(s): English, French

  • Country: United States
  • City / Region: Santa Cruz
  • State: CA
  • Zip Code: 95062
  • Will Travel?: Yes
  • Fully Insured: Yes
  • Certifications: IATTP Certified, AFAA/ISMA Certified

  • Company: Stellaria Creative Company
  • Phone: 8314406422
  • Email: Contact Jeanette Bent
  • Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/stellaria.creative.company/
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