A Park Avenue Studio of Bellydance
About the Owner/Instructor
JANETTE BENEDON - BRENNER began studies of Middle-Eastern dance in 1971 and went on to study with more than 200 of the world’s leading Oriental performers and instructors. Her other studies have included Ballet, Modern dance, Jazz, Hip Hop, and Flamenco along with extensive training in theater arts. She is a ‘Master of Zils’ (finger cymbals) having studied with world renowned musicians.
Janette Brenner
Ms. Brenner has performed world wide and taught workshops and classes throughout the United States. In 1986 she won ‘Magician of the Year’ award for her unique blend of Classic Oriental dance with sleight-of-hand and production magic, giving her the title 'MAGIC DANCER'. In 1999, Ms. Brenner was awarded the titles 'People's Choice' and 'Palace Dancer'.
In 1987, Ms. Brenner cofounded DANCERS SUPPORTING DANCERS, an organization dedicated to quality performances, artistic outlets for dancers and mutual support in the community. Her efforts have united dancers across the Southwest. For 10 years, she owned and operated the ETHNIC ARTS STUDIO in Albuquerque, New Mexico where she taught Introduction through Performance level Oriental dance before relocating to Monterey. With the opening of the A PARK AVENUE STUDIO in September of 2002, Ms. Brenner has successfully continued her efforts to unite the area dance communities, provide outlets for expression and quality instruction.
Again offering classes at all levels, Ms. Brenner’s unique approach to teaching, with the main goal to bring forth the individual dancer, has made her a favorite among serious students. Her strict adherence to detail, extensive knowledge and lighthearted sense of humor make her classes both challenging and delightful.
1971 - Current Dance Performance
* venues including night clubs, cabarets, theater, television, movies, street fairs, schools and universities spanning the globe.
1973 - Current Dance Instructor / Choreographer
* numerous seminars and workshops world wide
* weekly dance instruction, Monterey and Pacific Grove
1972 - 1977 Zanadu Dance Company
* Company member and primary soloist
* Choreographer
1980 / 1984 Circus Entertainer
* Bonzerelli Circus Arts, magic
* Sci Expo (mobile participatory science exposition)
dance, magic, juggling public relations and local talent recruiter
1986 Author
* ‘Dance Concepts and Practical Applications for the Middle Eastern Dancer.’
1986 Comedy
* Vintage Repertory Theater, melodrama and vaudeville singing, acting juggling, magic and dance
* ‘Psychic Connection’ , N.M. State Fair
* ‘Dr. Flector’s Can-Can Troupe’
1990 - 1992 Community Work
* ARCA (Adult Retarded Citizens Association)
live-in companion for three mentally disabled women
1990- 1998 Spectrum Entertainment, Owner
* character acting, singing, dance, children and adult magic, juggling and balloons
1987-1997 Dancers Supporting Dancers Inc.
* Co founder, CEO, Marketing director, public relations
* produced numerous, yearly, stage productions, workshops and seminars
* under wrote dance and music grants for education, performance and travel
1987 - 1997 Performing Arts Club, founder
* employed numerous performance artists
1987 - 1997 Ethnic Arts Studio, Co - owner
* studio operation
* taught Introduction through Performance level dance
1987 - 1997 Summerfest and Arts in the Parks, Albuquerque, N.M.
* performer, event production and design
1996 - 2000 Excel Communications
* National Training Director
* SWAT team member, city leader, trainer, company overview primary speaker
* Produced numerous seminars with national leaders
1992 - current Extensive travel through United States, Europe and Middle East