Jody joined the Shout Sister family in 2009 and has been having a blast ever since. When Georgette Fry decided to franchise Shout Sister Jody Benjamin was an obvious choice to test the waters. She is a talented musician and comfortable in front of groups of women from her many years of singing in bands and teaching dance. She is friendly, fun and genuinely loves people.
Jody has been dancing since she could stand up. For her it's all about the joy of moving to music. Usually the first one on the dance floors she is an avid live music fan and then she began her own career as a musician in 1988 when she formed The Toasted Westerns with Sally Robinson. You might remember The Toasted Westerns if you were around Ottawa in the 90's when they were in their heyday. They had a lot of fun entertaining folks with their eclectic mix of Honky Tonk and Jazz.
Now she often teaches the crowds how to dance Louisiana style, when her current band, Ball and Chain and the Wreckers play. (www.ballandchain.ca) Steeped in the traditions of old time, country, Cajun and bluegrass, their song list is varied, interesting and fun. From the Stanley Brothers to George Jones, from Roger Miller to Gillian Welch, from Hank Williams to Jody Benjamin herself, the songs are great and the delivery is lightly outrageous.
She's been teaching an exercise dance class since 1981 and still teaches at Jack Purcell on Elgin St. Her class is called Energy Dance. Stop by and try it out some time. It's lots of fun! www.jpra.ca
Jody directs all three Ottawa Choirs and welcomes new members anytime.