Super Bowl LIVE performer with over ten years of belly dance experience, Jenaan's enthusiasm makes for a memorable performance tailored to your special and unique celebration. Her multifaceted shows display a fluidity and style that reflects her years of experience and training, and her performances include a variety of props; zills, veils, fire torches, cane, isis wings, sword, voi, skirt, and fan veils. She has performed in Mexico, Portland, Las Vegas, Dallas, Austin, Houston's surrounding areas, and as an instructor has been invited to teach workshops in Brazil, Mexico and the United States. She has joined the Specialty Dance program at Rice University as their resident belly dance instructor. Jenaan has also danced in music videos of renowned bands: Walter Suhr and Mango Punch!'s "Tu eres tu"(click to watch), and Amin Safari’s “Ritmo Caliente”. She was also featured in Houston-based, electronic producer, Skruncharoo's video "Cranberry". Jenaan was recently honored by DanceFitHouston and iTenMedia as one of the top fitness professionals in Houston.
Her first experiences in dance began at an early age, as she was engaged in dance lessons of various styles including, tap, jazz, and ballet throughout her childhood. It was through experimenting with multiple styles that she was able to discover that dance forms possess different energies and are capable of inspiring a variety of effects. This curious passion led her to find further inspiration in competitive cheer-leading, salsa dancing, break-dancing events, Tahitian dance, modern and contemporary dance, and urban dance workshops.
While she was obtaining her degree in Communications and International Studies at University of St. Thomas, she immersed herself in Oriental dance education and then realized that dance had become the focus of her life. This decision was heavily influenced by her studies abroad in Buenos Aires and Barcelona, after which she began devoting most of her time to improve her skills. Soon after, she was asked to join the national award-winning troupe Shunyata Fusion Dance, with whom she performed yearly at the Texas Renaissance Festival from 2009-2016.
Dance had taken such a prominent place in her life that her senior thesis was on Orientalism and the Modern Morphology of Oriental Dance, and after graduating she decided to become a professional full-time dancer.
After graduating from UST in 2010, she started teaching yoga and belly dance in numerous events and locations throughout Houston. In 2014, she joined Al Awtar Zaffa Group who performs Middle Eastern Folklore and more recently Dauntless Dance Company, a fusion performance group who performs at a variety of themed events and performs yearly at The Puffin in the Texas Renaissance Festival.
To hone her craft, she attended many training programs, including; Tribal Massive Intensives in Las Vegas, and 8 Elements of Belly Dance under Rachel Brice in Portland, Oregon, RaksFlow with Sadie in Denver, Colorado, and Belly Dance Cohesion with April Rose in Austin, Texas. She studied Turkish, Lebanese, and Egyptian dance styles from instructors Helena Vlajos, Lebanese Simon, Lubna Emam, Athena Najat, and Bozenka. Additional bellydance education includes instruction from Zoe Jakes, Jill Parker, Sharon Kihara, and Donna Mejia.All of these experiences allowed Jenaan to develop a unique style that incorporates her cultural influences from her travels with folkloric and modern elements.