Jeanne by Carl Sermon

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Janan (Jeanne Fogler)

Janan has always loved all forms of dance, but found her true heart when she began belly dancing in the 1980s. She first learned from various members of Simone’s Seventh Veil Dance Troupe in St. Louis, Missouri, and became a member of that troupe. During that time she also studied bharata natyam (classical Indian dance), Dunham technique (a mix of modern/ballet techniques with Caribbean and African styles), and modern dance.

While working at an English-language newspaper in Tokyo, Japan, for seven years, she also had the opportunity to work as a belly dance performer at several restaurants. Upon returning to the United States she settled in the Bay Area, where she has delighted in the wealth of wonderful teachers and performers based in San Francisco and its environs. She has studied with Suhaila Salimpour, Ahava, Monica Berini, Nanna Candelaria, and others, and is also a longtime student of percussion maven Mary Ellen Donald.

Janan is a founding member of the folkloric troupe Khamsa, and she is available for teaching, performance, and videography for dancers.

Articles on Gilded Serpent by or about Janan (Jeanne Fogler)

  • Off the Beaten Path Cory Zamora's "Belly Dancing for Seniors" & "Learn the Art of Male Belly Dancing"
    However, I have a couple of issues with this DVD. One of my issues is that, other than stating the ages of the students (60, 63, 75) and making a fleeting mention of a few physical issues they have (problems with feet, back, etc.), there is not a great deal of material specific to senior dancers.
  • Zar: Trance Dancing with Yasmin, 2014 Workshop at Amina’s in San Francisco
    Here in the Bay Area, so many excellent instructors make appearances that I always feel I need to choose carefully to make the most of my workshop budget. But when I heard that Yasmin Henkesh was coming to give a daylong workshop on zar, I knew right off that this was one I wouldn’t want to miss – how often do most of us get a chance for an in-depth look at this fascinating ritual?