Jocelyne (Jehane) began her studies in dance at the age of
five with ballet, tap and jazz lessons in Cumberland with Elaine
Hunter, and continued taking dance lessons with the Elaine
Hunter School of dance until the age of 17. Her dance training re-commenced
in 1995 when she and her husband-to-be took lessons in ballroom
dance. Jocelyne's love of movement and music of all kinds was
re-awakened, and shortly after this she discovered a class
in Middle-Eastern, or Oriental dance (raqs sharqi or danse
orientale, also popularly known by the misnomer "Bellydance
/ Belly Dance"). This propelled her on a new journey of
dance discovery and training. Jocelyne pursued multiple weekly
lessons with several Middle-Eastern dance teachers in the Ottawa
area since 1996, and intensive workshops at every possible
opportunity, including with Egyptian dance legends during two
month-long trips to Egypt. She began lessons with Egyptian
dance master Denise Enan in 2001, and joined the Enan Egyptian
Folkloric Troupe a year later. She considers herself a perpetual
student and is always striving to grow and improve. During
the course of her exploration of different movement forms,
she has also taken lessons in Indian classical and folk dances,
Flamenco, Jazz, Tap, Yoga, Pilates, and Tai Chi. Her varied
experiences and training have provided her with the tools to
ensure that her students receive proper instruction to achieve
maximum benefits without risk of injury.
Jocelyne began teaching dance quite literally by accident in
the spring of 2002, when her dance teacher Jauhara had an accident
which resulted in a broken foot two weeks before the start of spring session.
Invited by her teacher to substitute, Jocelyne quickly prepared four Oriental
and two jazz routines to be taught in the five weekly evening classes.
She was pleased to discover that teaching dance was an exhilarating experience,
and was encouraged by requests of her first students to continue offering
classes. Because of this encouragement, Jocelyne found a new location to
keep on teaching after Jauhara's foot healed and she was able to reclaim
her classes. Jocelyne has taken Hadia’s teacher training program
as well as Studio Mouvance’s Formation de professeures, and continues
to offer lessons in the greater Ottawa and Gatineau area. Jehane
believes that good teachers are also perpetual students, so she continues
to develop her knowledge through classes with dance masters Denise and
Ahmed Enan, through workshops with other esteemed instructors, as well
as pursuing dance travel-study tours whenever possible.
After several years of performing under her own name, Jocelyne finally decided to adopt a stage name. Egyptian choreographer Ahmed Enan helped Jocelyne to choose the dance name "Jehane" which means "the grace of God"; Khan is her real (married) last name.