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Learn About One of The Top Entertainers in Orlando
Learn more about Jennifer’s experiences traveling the globe teaching bellydance, competing, and performing at both private functions and large industry events. As one of the top entertainers Orlando has to offer, her resume and experience are well known.
Where Did Bellydance Come From?
While the origin of the dance is widely debated, this is one of the oldest forms of dance and hails from the Middle East, Mediterranean and North Africa.
Origin theories describe the dance form as being used during celebrations such as child birthing, weddings and other major events pertaining to the fertility of the land.
While much remains to be known, one thing is for sure, in today’s day and age, bellydance is quickly changing, fusing and the need to strongly educate dancers on its cultural roots and origins is of utter importance in preserving what makes bellydance unique in this ever changing genre.
The word “bellydance” itself is a misnomer. The correct term is raqs sharqi or raqs beledi. Each country is divided into regions and each region is further divided into its own villages and towns. Among all of the divisions, a distinct dance can be seen ( a result of the people, way of life, resources and etc. of each village). Understanding the nuances is a great challenge but very much what keeps professional dancers motivated to continue to learn more.
Highly trained and experienced belly dance entertainer in Orlando, FL offering high-end performances for events since 2007. Her mission is to share the joy Middle Eastern dance and culture brings to others.
Public Venue Experience
Takis Greek and Italian Restaurant – Nov. 2008 – Nov. 2020
Taverna Opa Nov. 2007 – Aug. 2014
Arabian Nights Dec. 2008 – Dec. 2013
Disney (Morocco Pavilion) March 2010 – June 2010
AWARDS 1st Runner Up: Bellydancer of The Year 2015
1st Place: Bellydancer of The World Oriental 2013
1st Place: Bellydancer of The World Folklore 2013
1st Runner Up: Bellydancer of The World Fantasy Fusion 2013
1st Runner Up: Miami Bellydance Competition Professional
2012 1st Place Ya Halla Ya’ll Professional Soloist 2012
Photographers Choice/People’s Choice 2012
1st Place Stellar Pro Soloist 2012
Instructor for some of the largest industry conventions:
- MEDA Connecticut
- BVI- Master Class Weekend Colorado
- Sadie’s Raq N’ Rhythms Retreat
- Miami Bellydance Convention,
- Bellydance Masters
- River City Raqs
- Aplethora of workshops across Florida
- Texas: Karavansa Studio
- Ya Halla Ya’ll Dominican Republic- Bellydance Deluxe
In The Media
Writer- Fanoos Magazine
Author- The Bellydance Competition Handbook
DVD – Shimmies on The Downs?
Billboard- Taverna Opa
Radio- Los Anormales
Writer for Yallah Magazine
Featured in numerous magazines
Community Central TV Special
Bringing a Piece of the Middle East To Florida
Jennifer: Our club; The Mid-Atlantic Club of The Villages; enjoyed your performance immensely. Your dancing was graceful and beautiful and your ability to interact with the crowd and bring them into the performance was wonderful and made the night considerable fun. We are one of the oldest social clubs in The Villages and have been meeting every month for many years. Your lovely and talented dancing and professionalism made the night one of the best club nights ever. Thanks for a great night.
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