This blog was created not just to document the adventures (and occasional misadventures) of an aspiring Tribal Fusion bellydancer, but in the hopes of documenting the vibrant New York City bellydance scene. Postings will include descriptions of shows both attended and in which I have performed, classes taken around the Big Apple, and trips to East Coast bellydance festivals. I hope to introduce snippets about my personal dance practice and goals as I pursue my dream of becoming a professional Tribal Fusion dancer.
Born and raised in a family of Balkan music and folk dance fanatics, Jenna Shear has been moving to groovy Slavic tunes from the womb. At age three, she began her formal dance training with tap, jazz, and ballet. However, by middle school, her interest had turned exclusively to Ballet and Russian Character dance. In pursuit of her dream of becoming a professional dancer, she studied intensively under Eugene Petrov and the late Irine Fokine supplementing her training with summer ballet intensives at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, the Princeton Ballet School, and the Joffrey Ballet School.
In 2009, while working towards her Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Asian & Middle Eastern Cultures at Barnard College, Jenna received her first introduction to Middle Eastern dance through the Columbia University Bellydance troupe. She quickly became the troupe’s Vice-President and a leading choreographer. In 2011, she received 3rd place in the East Regional Bellydance Championship and made guest appearances with D.C.-based Ancient Rhythms Dance Company and the Ranya Renee Dance Company before joining La Troupe Sabah as a soloist. In 2012, she was invited to teach and perform at Waking Persephone, the east coast’s foremost gothic bellydance event. Jenna Shear joined BellyTrance in June of 2012 and is excited to bring her Balkan-inspired fusion style to the company and audiences around the tri-state area.
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