Tribal Fusion Program Director | Born and raised in a family of Balkan music and folk dance fanatics, Jenna has been moving to groovy Slavic tunes from the womb. She began her dance training at age three and studied ballet and Russian character dance under Eugene Petrov and the late Irine Fokine.
While earning her Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Asian & Middle Eastern Cultures at Barnard College, Jenna discovered bellydance and joined the Columbia University Bellydance troupe in Fall of 2009. She quickly became the troupe's Vice-President and a leading choreographer.
Since graduating, Jenna has worked with prestigious groups, such as Bellydance Evolution and BellyTrance, and has taught and performed at numerous national events, including 3rd Coast Tribal Festival, Jewels of the Orient, Waking Persephone, and RAQtoberfest. In 2012, she founded her own group with dancers Elena Faye and Gabrielle Bellini called Ataraxia Dance Collective. Together they produce cutting-edge work that utilizes every style of bellydance to break the genre's self-imposed boundaries and limitations.