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Jennifer Giacomelli (Jenabah)

Jennifer Giacomelli (Jenabah)

Jenabah is the artistic director of Tree of Life Cultural Arts Studio in Chelsea, MI. She has been studying a variety of dance styles for over 25 years, and teaching to students of all ages for more than 15. At the age of 5, she began studying ballet and tap. Soon there after, her focus turned towards modern, jazz and hip-hop. In 1998 Jenabah performed and taught for Universal Dance Association, a dance company that travels nation wide teaching high school dance ensembles choreography, technique and more. She also taught for Creative Dance Arts, School of Dance in Tucson, AZ for 7 years. During this time, she was introduced to dance styles from different cultures while performing with Domba at the Arizona Renaissance Festival. Intrigued by music and dance of the African Diaspora and Tribal Style Belly dance, she began her path of studying world dance with master dance instructors from East and West Africa, Cuba, Brazil, as well as the United States. In 2006, Jenabah traveled abroad to study music and dance in Guinea, West Africa and later was afforded the opportunity to teach Tribal Style Belly dance workshops in Barcelona, Spain. Jenabah performed for 15 years at Renaissance Festivals in Michigan and Arizona where she was a principal dancer for Domba, Tribal Fusion Belly dance and Nommobugunte, a world drum and dance troupe founded by Jenabah and her husband Sundance. She also performed with Like Water Drum and Dance from 2003 – 2007 contributing her creative choreography and costume designs.

In addition to devoting decades of her life to dance, Jenabah is an accomplished massage therapist who has practiced and taught several modalities since completing her certification at The Desert Institute of the Healing Arts in 1997 and traveling to Chaing Mai, Thailand to study Thai Massage in 2000. Currently, Jenabah teaches Thai Massage at the Ann Arbor Institute of Massage Therapy and is the dance director of Tree of Life Drum and Dance Society and Nomadic Jewels Tribal Belly dance.

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