Originally from Wales, Great Britain, Gwenda has lived in Louisiana since 1992. She first started Belly dancing in 2007 under Belita Karima, She later joined Bayou Shimmy and studied under Shamsi and Noura, joined the beginners dance troupe Zohar, and later went on to dance with Jawahiir al Nour, and now dances with Jasmine Dance Project.
Gwenda attended an intensive teacher training workshop in with Tamalyn Dallal in New York in 2012. She has attended sword workshops with Sylvia Salamanca and studied sword and double sword with Belladona. She is the director of the sword troupe Artemisia.