As an Middle Eastern Dance instructor for over 24 years, Janna has taught ages from 5 to 90 and all body types with great success. She has been involved with dance since 1978, studying ballet, modern, jazz, international folk dance, and ballroom and received a specialization in dance from Ball State University in Muncie, IN.
Her dance style is known for its unusual combinations of music and dance technique. Janna proudly opened her own dance studio in September of 2004 where she teaches weekly classes. She has taught seminars in dance, belly dance fusion, and dance costuming as a guest workshop instructor in several areas both inside and outside of the Tidewater area.
She is the creator, director and principal choreographer of the Desert Wind Dance Company, a professional Middle Eastern Dance Company founded in 1993 and of the Desert Breeze Student Dance Company in 2005. The Desert Wind Dance Company has been the featured as the guest company in many seminar shows and both the full company and individual members have been the guest artists with the Bellydance Superstars in 2004 and 2006. She is also the creator of the “All-In-One” Urban Beledi Dance Costume Pattern, which is now enjoying international fame and use.