Professional Bellydance Performer & Instructor
Jesenia is based out of Jacksonville, FL. Her performances tell a story of discovery and preservation that are often described as captivating and dynamic. She began her dance journey at the age of 5, learning and dancing Puerto Rican Folk dances. At 8, she was introduced to North African and Levant dances. She fell in love with the dance, music, and culture immediately, and began her endless pursuit for education in Middle Eastern arts.
Captivated by history and art that was created due to Arab and African Diaspora, Jesenia continued her studies at the University of Florida to explore the idea of cultural identity in the United States. In 2015, she received a Bachelor of Fine Art with a focus on interdisciplinary art. Since her graduation, Jesenia has taught dance workshops throughout the U.S., and appeared as a guest lecturer at Full Sail University in 2017 and 2019.
AWARDS / RECOGNITIONS
2017 Essence of Belly Dance 1st Place Oriental Category
2017 Essence of Belly Dance People's Choice
2017 Belly Dance Masters 1st Place Pro Oriental Category
2017 Belly Dance Masters 1st Runner Up Pro Fusion category
2017 River City Raqs 1st Place Pro Oriental category
2017 River City Raqs 1st Runner Up Fusion category
2016 River City Raqs 1st Runner Up Pro Oriental category