Jandy's roots as a dancer can be traced to her great aunt, Dorothea Speath, who danced with and was an Alexander teacher for Martha Graham's first dance company, and to her mother, Taya Nelson, who was Jandy's first dance teacher.
Jandy earned her BA in dance and liberal studies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and her MFA at Mills College in Oakland. She has been on the faculty of the dance program at Humboldt State University since 1998. She developed "Bodyworks," Dance 400, a survey of conditioning and body-mind modalities, required for dance majors at HSU, now an area E (human integration) G.E. offering, and a popular elective among students across many departments, including music, theater, athletics, religious studies, and psychology.
Her dancing and teaching are strongly influenced by her background in Limón and Hawkins techniques and her training in Pilates, Yoga, the Feldenkrais Method®, Skinner Releasing Technique, Contact Improvisation, Body-Mind Centering, and most recently by the masterful teaching and dancing of Bill Evans and his Laban-Bartenieff–based technique of Modern Dance.
Jandy continues to study, choreograph, and teach nationally and internationally and is a popular instructor at Humboldt State, especially appreciated for her enthusiasm, clarity, and inclusivity. Her dancing, choreography, and teaching reflect her grace, her intelligence, and her deep love and spiritual appreciation of movement and dance.