Dancer Of the Week – Janeen Harrison

This weeks DFW Dancer Of The Week is Janeen Harrison.   Janeen can be found dancing at a variety of socials across the DFW area and is a member of the Ritmo Sensual dance team. Check out some fun facts about Janeen including her dance pet peeves! Want to nominate someone? Contact us!

Where are you from?
I moved a lot being born in an Air Force military family, but I tell people I from Queens, New York since I lived there for more than 10 years.  My mom is from there and lives there now.

Favorite DFW Dancers?
So many!! Here are the honorable mentions, though: A&E!!(Arturo and Elisa) They are the Supreme Maestros of Bachata and their techniques are impeccable; Arturo Garcia can leave you breathless and spoiled for anyone else. Elisa Cavi is the ultimate feminine dancer – I wanna be like her! All my Ritmo Sensual people, especially my partner Jairo Andres Rojas – when we dance, we always have fun and laugh every time; Oliver Aljawad gives you such wild dance time; David Bergner brings creative new moves when we dance; Vijay Kumar is technically superb he challenges you with stimulating moves and pushes you to the next level; Qchuchaman Chevelon aka Eddie has such a unique style of dancing I have yet to see in anyone else! and Jesus Bachatero y Salsero, our bachata tango dancing inspired me to take my dancing to the next level and join the Ritmo Sensual Dance group, I pray for his speedy recovery! Be sure to dance with them my DFW people, I guarantee you will enjoy a great dance experience, lol!

Favorite DFW Socials/Places to Dance?
Sensual Socials at Clique Studios every first Saturday of the month; Pura Dallas, Hot Bachata Nights at Los Lupes and my living room! lol.

Dance Pet Peeve: (Hygiene, No connection, People who teach while dancing, etc)
I have 5 types and the last one should be banned from the dance scene!

  1. SSSS – Super Sweat Soaked Shirt (self-explanatory),
  2. Fade Away – just leave before song is over, average song about 3 minutes, its rude – you can fake it through!
  3. Bossy/Talkie – lead by dance not by mouth please!
  4. Kung Fu Fighter – competing with my steps, I feel like I’m wrestling and left tired and frustrated.
  5. Worst! the Molester – inappropriate sneaky brushing/touching private parts and/or forcing a move that emulates a sex act. I. Hate. That.

Favorite Dance Moment?
My last dance performance with the Beginner Advanced Ritmo Sensual Team at Clique Studios: I was a nervous wreck, but it was sooo thrilling – ready to perform again! 🙂

Favorite Dance Genre?
Argentine Tango is my 1st love but right now Bachata Rules!!

What movie title describes your attitude while dancing? Why?
“Strictly Ballroom.” I am a sucker for romantic comedy and this movie is hilarious!! But more so the message of the movie I hope describes my attitude while dancing rather than the title. My favorite scene is when the handsome champion ballroom dancer wants to do flashy new steps to his winning routine much to the chagrin of the ballroom community. The only one who believes in him and is willing to dance this way is a purposely portrayed plain, nondescript beginner student who keeps trying to give her input but he continues to pompously cut her off over and over again until frustrated she finally shuts him up and astonishes him when she vividly breaks out in quick flamenco like dance steps she had been privately choreographing on her own with such heartfelt passion, fire and clarity of what the dance truly means. At that moment, the instructor humbly became the student and the student became his instructor. I want to hopefully achieve the technical skills of an expert dancer but maintain the attitude and humble heart of a student that’s always willing to grow and stay open to anyone who can passionately inspire me.

Favorite dance video you’d like to share?
I’m obsessed with anything recorded my Daniel y Desiree I watch marathons sometimes, lol! This promo one is my favorite.

And I love this performance by Arturo & Elisa!

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