Dance - literally - saved my life. 10 years ago (2008) marked a very dark time of trauma, internal struggle and external onslaughts of hardship... then, finally GROWTH that I wouldn't give up for anything in the world. Though, the journey was not always pleasant. From my physical health to my emotional/mental health to my spiritual health... I developed all of the textbook issues and challenges of those who experience violence and trauma and suppress its symptoms. After my father's death, I cleaned up my uncle's suicide (he shot himself, and I helped retrieve letters and belongings he left behind), I found myself mutually estranged from a family support system, isolating myself in my work and living alone for a decade... during that time I had no idea how much trauma I held in my body until I finally admitted something was off (though I'm as womanly as they come, I am such a guy when it comes to both dealing with stress and compartmentalizing information in my mind). I went to therapy, I went to support groups, I got lost in relationships I knew I didn't want (as I acquired the false belief that love was not worth it if it could leave me), I buried friends and then began self-destructive behavior. I'm a happy hedonist, but the fun I searched for at the beginning did not make me happy and I knew it (hence the destructive label). To this day it perplexes me that I never became a drug addict. I did other things that could have killed me (including testing fate and doing dangerous things that could have shattered all my bones and killed me). Grief is a real thing and those of us who do not recover from it for long periods of time (my father was my best friend) begin to push through and life half-lives until we feel "OK" enough to enjoy life. Dance... quite frankly... was my only joy. And sharing it with others was my wonderful workaholic place of living. Now, a decade later, recognizing so much growth and healing I have achieved through movement (figurative, too) I want to celebrate a decade of my father moving onto greater adventures. Subscribe to my email list or follow me on Facebook for information. I'll be teaching a free hula workshop in February when I come back from a project in Mexico (more news on that soon). I'm thinking the end of February or even the beginning of March 2018 (my father's birth month). Sending you all my love and thanking you for supporting a business that has not only helped empower others but... saved my life at the worst point of my self-destructive behavior a decade ago. It's my life's passion to share this joy that is dance with others. Sharing our stories and sharing art is so healing. Thank you for the beauty and experience that has become my life's work and joy. I can't wait to share a free hula workshop with you all! Sacred Dance is also coming to LA in early March, too! Stay tuned. BIG LOVE! xoxo T.
YES! That's right, LOTS brewing for 2018 and a BIG part of my new work rolling out for 2018 is in Comparative Sacred World Dance and the Spirit Dance Method TM! Woohoo!!! Stay tuned for more - much much more transcenDANCE! More soon. Happy holidays and see you on the dance floor! xoxoxo T.
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Just did one of my FIRST non-holiday gigs this month and it was a ton of fun! It's rare I receive photos from photographers and I really loved the event set up so wanted to share the photo here (without needing model release forms as everyone is in motion and slightly blurred - woohoo!). There is still time to add some extra warmth and sparkle to your December holiday celebrations with me and my team at Dancing Tehani Entertainment! Just visit our dance page on this site or simply contact us for a quote and we will be happy to provide stellar entertainment for your event!
Need world champion dancers (like yours truly) for a fully-insured fire show or themed performance? Need a full luau to warm up your winter holidays with lei greeters and dancers and strolling entertainers and more? Need a tarot reader or even a professional forensic intuitive to providing New Year's readings for your guests? Need live mermaids (swimming and non-swimming) for your outdoor ambience? Even need professional development and team building with professional world performance artists? We've got you!!! We still have several time slots available for our fully-insured award-winning entertainment. And we can't wait to create memorable and unparalleled event entertainment and ambience for you!
xoxo, The Dancer & The Doggie (Tehani & Bella Rene)
A free and open internet is not just essential for a healthy society, insured equal access to the information we need but also for small businesses to survive and thrive... like ours here at Dancing Tehani Entertainment, Spirit Dancer Wellness and all that happens here at www.JenniferTehaniSarreal.com . We could lose the free and open internet as soon as December 12, so in support of free speech, independently owned businesses and our wellness/arts communities, please consider learning more about this very important issue and signing the Net Neutrality petition at the petition site here. Thank you for your time and for supporting small businesses, freedom of speech and equal fair access to information.
Greetings, friends! Tehani here xo. Everyone needs a break sometimes. It's been so crazy busy here at DT Entertainment, Spirit Dancer Wellness and in my educational work in the arts that my lack of a break turned into a series of BREAKing points and BREAKdowns until I finally yelled BRAAAAKE! and took a real break. It was time to re-evaluate the way I ran the business and how much of myself I was dedicating to self-care. I've had a friend handle most invoices and bookings (though I still tended to a good amount of them when I had reception) and took a long camping trip with my pup. It was the best thing ever!!! Now slowly coming back from sabbatical, focused, super-charged and full of new inspiration and vision... I wanted to share my "Coming Clean" video I recorded before leaving to hit the RESET button (below). What a good reset this was!!! I will be sharing all the wonderful new things here at the business once I get my thoughts together, breathe into it and organize the information for you all. If you're not on our email list, please consider joining it on our contact page to be the first to hear about new opportunities and events! I can't wait to share with you all the great things ahead! Lots of love and may your day be magical, beautiful and full of serendipitous boon! xoxo T. BIG LOVE!
As my fellow SoCal residents cheer on the Dodgers, I've been at work spinning fire, throwing mermaids in pools and facilitating wellness programming for survivors virtually every night and weekend. It's been so busy performing and teaching and writing new content that I wanted to give you all a glimpse of what this past month has been characterized by: lots and lots of fire! So I've provided a short video for you below.
Fire has been a theme not just in my entertainment work but unfortunately in destruction all over my beautiful State of California. I can't help but think of all the animals affected by the record-breaking forest fires this month and have decided to donate 10% of every fire performance (or LED light performance) I book to Defenders of Wildlife. This 10% donation will remain for as long as I do fire shows (which I anticipate being many many years to come). Pay it forward and book with us today!
Check out our video (below) for a fire show we did very recently. OK kids (read: silly adults)... Never EVER play with fire without a fire safety professional, a fire license and fire performer's insurance. It's standard practice. Safety first, my friends!
Yes! I (Tehani) am back at APCH providing world dance educational programs on Thursday afternoons - woohoo! Good times and a great cause. Visit A Place Called Home at their amazing work here. In addition to this change, though we are in the middle of the high holiday season, I will be taking a SELF CARE day every Wednesday - meaning the office will be closed every Wednesday until 2:00PM so I can sleep in and be functional! Yay! Unless I have a booking or contract with you on a Wednesday (which is always available), all office work (emails, calls, new booking requests/inquiries, consultations, etc) will have to be taken after 2:00PM or the following day. I work seven days a week, and I have finally come to the point where 6.5 days is plenty. As we near the winter solstice, Wednesday office days will continue to be shut down for self care. Enjoy the holidays! xo, T.
Hey loves! Tehani here :) As per my usual, I've been so busy with bookings and contracts that I haven't had a chance to update the website! Whew! The holiday season is upon us and we have been blessed with bookings galore! Make sure to contact us about our new offerings - it's our best season yet!
Our next installment of "Meet the Team" highlights our dear Jerry Reyes! We LOVE Jerry so much here at Dancing Tehani Entertainment. Our very own personal Master of Disguise, he is one the most versatile costuming/makeup ambience character actors we've got and he is amaaaaaazing at what he does. He is best known for his work in Disney's first three Pirates of the Caribbean movies and is quite the swordsman onstage! Need a pirate for an event? A fully costumed actor (from mardi gras king to regal sheik to renaissance knight) in character for your event's ambience or themed photo booth? Jerry's your man. And he's fabulous! We love you Jerry! Check out his full bio at IMDB here.
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Best! xoxo Tehani & Bella Rene
Woohoo! It's here! And we are all set up for a rejuvenating empowering experiencing of soul-body wisdom with the Spirit Dance Method! Visit our Spirit Dance Page on this website or contact us directly for full itinerary and details on our Soul Spa! If you feel called to this empowering work, I would love to see you there!
I am often asked what Spirit Dance is. To remedy this and save people a brief visit to the Spirit Dance page for full details on what Spirit Dance is all about, I created a fun and quick video as an intro to this wonderful work! Enjoy!
Hey friends! Tehani here :) I have WONDERFUL NEWS! We have simplified the booking process for everyone online - YAY! Over the years, I've spoken to hundreds upon hundreds of clients, wrote down their information and preferences while on the phone, asked for more information via email to draw up an invoice, asked for more info yet AGAIN when I forgot to add in a category (which was rare, but it has happened)... I have finally decided it was time to automate the system so we could take much of the leg work out of it on our end and focus on the "good stuff" for you (the details of your fabulous event productions, the steps on your healing journeys, your personal goals in your business, etc.).
Booking happens in three easy steps:
1 you call or email us with your interest and we confirm your preferred date and time for service is available,
2 we have a happy form for each type of service for you to fill out easily and effortlessly with information from which you will receive an invoice,
3 pay the required booking deposit on the invoice, instantly receive a booking confirmation and BOOM we are booked!
I love having forms available online. They're readily available, right when/where we need them and GREEN! No trees are threatened when using this system and that makes us (and the environment) happy.
As summer slowly transitions into fall and we still feel the warm glow of a summer sky's radiance, we reluctantly say goodbye to an eventful, exciting and creatively inspiring summer. That said, do we sit on our laurels? Of course not! Holiday entertainment booking season is already here! Book your holiday entertainment with us at DancingTehani Entertainment by visiting our dance page here and sign up for our newsletter on our Contact Page to be the first to receive updates on new entertainment offerings and fun seasonal events! Our entertainment team is ready to provide you with stellar, high calibre and unforgettable entertainment for your holiday events, corporate parties and festive functions! Book now to ensure availability for your event and we will see you at the show!
It has been a crazy, fun, adventurous, scary, uplifting... EVERYTHING type of Summer! We found ourselves on boats and planes and trains... with fire shows and Swedish bands and Spirit Dance empowering programming and wellness workshops and mermaids and live painters and professional development seminars and museums and corporate gigs and mindfulness meditation retreats... I love my life! And it is an amaaaaaazing life because of YOU - my friends, my clients, my strange creative performing fam bam, my kindred souls and musicians and dancers... my corporate partners, my performance arts residency sponsors, my fellow wellness badasses... all of you! I love you! Thank you for a fabulous summer! Here's to many more! We not enter holiday booking season, annual wellness retreat season, arts education season, writing writing writing season... and so much more. Changing gears and ready for the fall and the darker days (fire show season!!!) - let's rock it out! I'm ready. Are you? ;)
It has been a long time since we have posted an update on this site. It is such a busy time! But we wanted to introduce you to two amazing women on our entertainment team (we feature one or two epic people on our team every single month!) that you can visit on the entertainment offerings found on the Dance Page of this site: Erica Tenaglia AND Erica Tortolano! They are both fabulous performers!
Tehani is joining the faculty at SOMAfest to present the Spirit Dance Method TM at SOMAfest 2017 this fall! SOMAfest is all about Body Intelligence, Synergistic Exchange, Mindful Movement and Creative Innovation... Come to SOMAfest for an exploration of self-discovery and expression through movement! Presenter schedules TBA - we will post the lecture/workshop time slots as they come in! Visit SOMAfest online for registration to this inspiring event!
Whew!!! Aloha fam! Tehani here again :) It has been a whirlwind of a summer here at Dancing Tehani Entertainnment and Spirit Dancer Wellness - gigs and programs and lectures and wellness gatherings and rehearsals and corporate clients and private clients and.... 501c3 non-profit collaborations! YAY!
This Friday I returned to one of my favorite non-profits in the whole world, appropriately named, A PLACE CALLED HOME! It's such a beautiful uplifting and empowering place for young people. I was able to introduce my Spirit Dance & Drum workshop for the young people (music students visiting) there from all over the country this week and it was such a beautiful experience. It reminded me why I love my path and why I do what I do every single day. Feeling so grateful. I've missed the community there so much that I'll be returning as an IC this fall semester (I can't wait!). Visit them and their amazing work at www.apch.org They are fabulous in all they do! Looooove it!
I have quite a few programs active at this time and have a few free programs coming up again for the public in the Spirit Dance Method TM very soon! Will update you all once I have the calendar dates confirmed. It's been so crazy busy here, but I am love love loving the activity and the art and the passion through all of it.
So grateful... so in love.... more soon! xoxo
***Yes, those are the backs of my participants' heads this Friday to protect their privacy***
We have some amaaaaazing people here on the Dancing Tehani Entertainment team and I (Tehani) thought it would be great to introduce some of our wonderful talent to you! I plan to introduce a 2-3 of our people on the entertainment team once a week (that seems ambitious as I've been blessed to be insanely busy this summer season, so perhaps it may be once a month for a few months instead lol).
Most catering, corporate and entertainment gigs are simply with yours truly... but when clients require more ambience, opening acts, and fully produced shows with all the extras to the entertainment and require the full experience.... our whole ensemble comes out to play! And when they do, my ALWAYS fabulous team members are present to dazzle and delight you with their radiance, presence and heart-centered nature. Good people :) I love my job and my cohort is full of talented people that almost always transform into great and fun friends!
MEET JAYEL OUDJAT!
Straight from the South of France, now blessing our company with her heart and beauty in Southern California, is one of our dancers, Jayel! Specializing in belly dance and brilliant themed performances, she is a versatile and wonderful soul with professional experience in makeup for film and also the healing arts. Definitely a kindred spirit I love working with! You will see her dancing with Isis wing fans, modeling/greeting with a smile and doing stellar make up for our gigs!