Whatever title you choose to know it by, Oriental, Middle Eastern, or Belly dance (be it Egyptian, Lebanese, Greek, Turkish, Western, or any other style) provides wonderful physical benefits as a low-impact workout that gently targets and strengthens muscles through natural body movements. It is so much fun you won't even notice it's exercise.

Though Jehane takes the study of dance seriously, it's imperative to her that students also find the classes fun and enjoyable. Dancers of all ages, shapes, sizes and levels of experience are celebrated in her classes and she makes every effort to ensure that all students are challenged, not bored, and never overwhelmed. She has had students from pre-teens to ladies in their 70's who've had shoulder and knee replacements, and finds new ways to keep everyone interested and engaged. Jehane’s aim is to provide a fun environment to help students learn grace and improve self-confidence through dance.

Read some comments about Jehane’s teaching.

Beginners will learn proper posture, safe warm-up, and basic introductory movements in addition to cool-down and safe stretching techniques. A breakdown of movements with individual correction helps students learn and perfect the steps which are then practised with repetition and variations. Students are then gradually introduced to varied combinations of the moves that they have learned, which will lead in to improvisational dancing. These moves may then be put into a routine to help with the practise of smooth transitions from one move to the next. Levels with some experience will incorporate additional movements, layering of more than one move, and the addition of various props (veil, cane, tambourine, cymbals). Even experienced dancers can benefit from a beginner class. It's a great way to revisit those taken-for-granted movements and make sure they're not getting sloppy; or just for a fun workout. All classes always include proper warm-up, attention to posture, movement technique, guided improvisational dancing, cool-down, and stretching.

Classes typically feature a mixture of classical Arabian dance music (Egyptian classics such as Mohamed Abdul Wahab, Om Kalsoum, etc) and modern eastern pop numbers (mainly Lebanese and Egyptian pop hits, such as Hakim or Amr Diab, or Turkish singers such as Tarkan) to help students learn to appreciate the beauty of Middle-Eastern music in all its forms.

Wherever possible useful information on historical and cultural context as well as other interesting items are also included (though, it is always guaranteed that students will get to dance, and not too much time will be taken up with listening to the teacher talking!).

Jehane sometimes organizes or attends events where students who are interested can perform for others, but no students are ever pressured to perform if they don't want to. Performing is an entirely personal choice, and some dancers’ preference to keep their dancing as something they do solely for themselves and not for the public is completely respected. Gentle encouragement and a safe supportive environment is provided as appropriate for students who do wish to perform and just need a little help; Jehane will never, ever, demand or push anyone to perform if it would make them uncomfortable.

Jehane does not encourage students to perform in professional venues before they are ready to actually become dance professionals. Professional gigs should be reserved only for those who are ready to make the transition to becoming a true dance professional. To endorse anything less would diminish the professional dedication of Jehane's dance teachers, mentors and colleagues. There are plenty of excellent venues for students to gain performing experience without jumping into the professional realm before they are ready. For those who are ready for the transition to professional, Jehane can offer guidance and coaching to introduce them to the standards required to be a professional Oriental dancer.

Though Jehane does not claim to teach pure Egyptian style, this is the style that has most influenced her dance training to date, thanks to her training with Egyptian dance masters and membership in the Enan Egyptian Folkloric Troupe. Because she has some previous experience in other dance forms, and has also studied from various teachers who teach different styles, her own style has been influenced by all of these. Jehane hopes to inspire students to develop their own personal style, based on a foundation of solid technique, knowledge, and cultural respect.

Jehane does encourage her students to try other teachers, not only to help in the development of their own individual styles, but also to support the professionalism of her colleagues in the dance community. Please feel free to discuss other classes or workshops with Jehane to have her recommendation on teachers who would be beneficial to study with.