I began belly dancing in the Summer of 2000. I was looking for a fun way to get in shape and recover from a knee replacement surgery from the year before. Not only did I eventually lose over 50lbs., I also found my heart and soul. This dance has been such a gift; from the amazing women I have had the joy to connect with, to the blessings of self-esteem and self-realization.
I am honored to have directed such an amazing troupe of women and men that was Twisted Gypsy. This troupe was my greatest joy and I am proud to have served and been a part of such a talented group of artists. We created together for 9 years and the experience will always be in my heart.
Twisted Gypsy now stands as a 10 year brand of Tribal creativity! From hosting classes and dance events to selling music, shirts, and tribal jewelry, you can find us on Facebook and Etsy.
Currently, I direct a Level 2 & 3 advanced student performance troupe, Crescent Rose Tribal. I do my best to create a positive and nurturing environment for my students to express their joy & passion. The Roses perform at street faires, hafla's, schools, fund raisers, and a variety of belly dance events.
For fun, I make enjoy making jewelry and other crafts. It's been a hobby of mine for over 20 years. The world is full of beautiful inspirations and I plan to enjoy this art form into my crone years. From spiritual talismans to Swarovski crystal weaving, Tribal dance jewelry to simple blends of color, I make something for everyone. Visit my Etsy shop: Studio of the Moon
I am a certified teacher and Sister Studio of Fat Chance ATS® format. I have studied American & Turkish Cabaret styles, and have taken workshops in Dunyavi Gypsy, Indian, & Tribal Fusion. The journey has been wonderfully inspiring & the learning never ending. Many thanks to all of my teachers through the years.
ATS General Skills, 2008 Highland, CA, 2017 San Francisco, CA, 2018 Kansas City, MO
ATS Teacher Training, 2009 Highland, CA
ATS Teacher Training II, 2010 San Francisco, CA
ATS Advanced Teacher Training, 2015 San Francisco, CA
Jen receiving her certificate from her Master Teachers:
Creator Carolena Nericcio-Bohlman & Megha Gavin
2015 Homecoming Performance with the first graduating class of Advanced Teacher Training!
From Left to Right:
Top Row - Liz Malcom, Megha Gavin, Jen, Kelley Beeston
Middle Row - Laurie "LuLu" Martin, DeAnna Padron Freeman
Bottom Row - Krisztina Naz-Clark, Michiyo Salisbury
(Classmates not pictured: Susan Warner, Jenn Kasper, & Heidi Wunder)