Dancing between and beyond the lines.
Join Jill Collins, featured dancer and rehearsal director for Bellydance Evolution in the studio for a hybrid class to enhance your bellydance performance with ballet and modern cross training.
Bonus: Class participants are welcome to stay for the second-half 30 minute ‘Stay and Play’ session. We will explore ideas surrounding choreography creation and structured improvisation.
Dates: Tuesdays: April 9, 16, 23, 30
Time: Class 5:30-6:30pm, Option Stay and Play 6:30-7:00
Proceeds from this class go towards Jillina’s BDEmpower program – providing bellydance classes for at-risk young women in Los Angeles as well as scholarships for aspiring dancers around the world.
Jill’s lifelong passion for dance compels her to continually seek out inspiration from her fellow artists, colleagues, and students. She began her performing career early, becoming the youngest member of TLS Modern Co. at age 14 in her hometown of New Castle, PA, USA. She attended the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA where she earned her BFA in Dance Education with a concentration in Modern Dance. While living in Philadelphia, Jill worked with many amazing artists such as the Martha Graham Company, Group Motion Dance Company, and Philadanco.
In 2007, Jill joined Los Angeles’s premier Bellydance Troupe, “Jillina’s Sahlala Dancers”. Sahlala’s international repertoire of dance styles has lead Jill to perform in numerous film, commercial, video, and reality TV shows, as well as pageants, industry parties, showcases, night clubs and private events. She has been a part of Jillina’s Bellydance Evolution, since its inception in 2009. Some highlights during her time with BDE include dancing the role of the Duchess in the Alice in Wonderland West Coast Tour of 2017, performing in Scheherazade with the Moroccan Philharmonic Orchestra in Casablanca, debuting Fantasm in Germany this past March as the Queen and appearing in the 2010 DVD of Immortal Desires.
Currently, Jill is an assistant director and a senior dancer of Sahlala Dancers, and director/producer/choreographer of JCoDance. She continues training in ballet at the Van Nuys Performing Arts Center and flamenco under Roberto Amaral. Other credentials include: an Associates Degree from the Dance Masters of America, a Level V Certificate from the Cecchetti System of Ballet and a 2001 graduate from the PA Governor’s School for the Arts. Jill’s background in Dance History, Choreography, Kinesiology, Psychology, Nutrition, and Music for Dancers combined with her extensive performing experience, has made her an in-demand teacher and guest artist around the world.