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Life and Work with Jenna Rose

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jenna Rose.

Jenna, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
As a busy NYC bellydancer, under the care and tutelage of the late, great Bellydance legend Serena Wilson, I dreamed of having my own studio, but would never think of stepping on my mentor’s toes, literally nor figuratively! Having enjoyed SoCal life while at Pitzer College in Claremont, I was also California dreaming — so moved to LA, staying with an old college friend, got to know the local bellydance scene, and partnered up with LA Legend Zahra Zuhair to open the first incarnation of DGLA on Glendale Blvd. in Atwater Village. After about 8 years behind the beautifully stenciled exterior designed by Kundalini Yogini Nancy Kintisch, we moved to the sweetly secluded ATX complex where we enjoy a large parking lot, air-conditioning, a gorgeous sprung floor, lovely neighbors, an outdoor courtyard for gathering, nice high ceilings with exposed rafters and our very own dressing rooms and bathrooms!

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The road has been fairly smooth. Struggles come, but that’s part of life, we just have to keep our heads up and put things in perspective. Young women — know that your worth is way more than just your looks and cultivate that from the start.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with DanceGardenLA – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I’m pretty proud of our weeklong event featuring our amazing dance mothers, the LA Legends of Bellydance Weeklong experience. I value these women and their work, and I am so proud to present them all in one place so bellydancers from all over can soak up their radiance!! As a belly dance teacher, I’m known for my weird analogies (“Imagine you are making panini with your rib cage!”) but they WORK and all my crazy different ways of explaining things about alignment and technique get through to students and hopefully make them laugh a little too. 🙂

I also love that DGLA is drama-free. We welcome all, we don’t judge. We strive to provide a safe, healthy place for everybody to come in and just get down.

Who have you been inspired by?
Cliche, but the older I get, the more I realize how amazing my mom is. I sure as heck couldn’t have put up with me! 😉 My original dance mentor Serena, of course, for her vision and commitment to aesthetic. Zahra was a fantastic partner and I feel I still learn from her — both about dance and business — to this day. Thanks, ladies!!


  • You can drop in to all our regularly scheduled classes for $18, or buy packages to reduce the price.
  • If you take more than one class a day, you also get a discount – 2 for $25, 3 for $35 etc…

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Kat Bushman, Carrie Elizabeth Hirsch, Richard Lowe Jr

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