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JENNA began her dance training at the age of four with ballet. In 1991, she turned her attention to middle-eastern dance, and took her first lessons in a small restaurant in Berkeley, California. She continued her practice of this beautiful dance form through university, taking college courses in ballet & modern as well.
Once back east in New York City, she intensified her study of belly dance at Anahid Sofian Studios with Andrea Anwar, and then intensified her training at Serena Studios (with Serena and Azza Amon) where she taught from 1998 through 2004. That year, Jenna was selected to form the trio Bellyqueen: Danse Orientale, with whom she created and performed original choreographies until 2002.
In the spring of 2000, Jenna made an appearance as the "Goddess Instructor" on an episode of HBO's Sex & the City. That same year she was awarded the role of "Yasmine" in NYPACO's production of "Banat Al Amir" or The Dancing Princesses, and was honored to work alongside Samara & Ghazal Rohani. She has also had the privilege of working with fusion singer and dancer, Jehan Kamal on "Ballet Exotiqa". In 2002, Jenna was asked by Serena to recreate a performance Serena herself was famous for, including her signature candle piece. Jenna was thrilled to perform this tribute as part of a retrospective of Serena's life in the dance.Jenna's professional, heartfelt performances have taken her to Dallas, Miami, and for a 6-month contract, Las Vegas, bellydancing in the production show at Desert Passage on the strip. There, she was fortunate to perform daily, for all ages, with such esteemed musicians as Bachir Abdel-Al on nay, Amir Sofy on darbuka and Fouad Jarcheh on violin.
Sharing her knowlege of belly dance is a joy for Jenna, and so she dedicates herself to teaching private & group classes. Her successful students include the radiant Neon, producer of the "Instant Belly Dancer" instructional videos, and Layla Isis, a popular NYC dancer invited to join the "Bellydance Superstars" in Barcelona in the summer of 2004. For her teaching skills, Jenna has been invited to in Japan in the summers of 2003 & 2004 to teach bellydance at Komatsu Studios in Tokyo and Yokohama.
In Spring of 2004, Jenna toured local primary schools with NYPACO, performing "Caravan to Cairo", a middle eastern dance revue. Although much of Jenna's time in NYC is spent teaching & performing the art of belly dance (please see Classes page for scheduling and other information), she believes in continuing to develop herself as well, learning at every opportunity by studying this dance in its many forms: Egyptian bellydance, Turkish gypsy style, North African and other regional folk dances among them. She is very interested in broadening her horizons beyond bellydance, training in the art of Flamenco since 2000, and later studying Samba (Brazilian street dance), Indian dance forms, and Congolese (a regional African dance). She speaks Turkish, and has begun to study Arabic language as well. In 2005, Jenna brings her talent & dedication to Los Angeles, where she continues to teach and perform. Shortly after her arrival in L.A., Jenna was invited to work with the troupes of 3 of the West Coast's finest dancers: Fahtiem and her Sultan's Delites, Zahra Zuhair's Eshta, and as a guest soloist & instructor with Jillina's renowned Sahlala Dancers.
Private lessons or specially-arranged group classes are available by appointment. A great way to celebrate baby showers, bridal showers, and bachelorette parties with your friends. Please ask about gift certificates.
As of 2011, Jenna directs the professional performance troupe, Phoenyx::BellydanceRising. Performing innovative choreographies that keep their traditional roots, the unique dancers add elegance and excitement to events across the Southland.
Jenna's Bellydance Classes in ATWATER VILLAGE, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA. Anyone can enjoy the experience of learning to bellydance! If you have never danced a step in your life, or if you are experienced in other types of dance, you are encouraged to explore this healthy form of movement. Jenna's classes are designed to be clear and easy to follow, yet challenging, in a friendly, supportive atmosphere. In beginner classes, movements and steps are broken down systematically, always stressing strong posture, safe technique and graceful movement. Intermediate, Advanced and choreography classes are rooted in technique, and help develop a dancer's poise, presentation, improvisation, transitions & expression. Jenna has been teaching middle-eastern dance since 1997, and became AFAA (Aerobic & Fitness Association of America) certified in 1999. She has conducted middle-eastern dance workshops at universities, corporate health programs and dance studios in New York, Tokyo & Miami. You can book Jenna to teach a workshop in your area. Private lessons or specially-arranged group classes are available by appointment. A great way to celebrate baby showers, bridal showers, and bachelorette parties with your friends. Please ask about gift certificates. Contact Jenna at (323) 960-4430 or email, or mail to Jenna c/o DanceGardenLA, LLC, 3407 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA 90039.