Our creative team

Jana Younes

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Artistic Co-Director, movie director, dancer


  Jana is not only a dancer and choreographer but also a successful filmmaker and photographer. Jana’s dance life started at the age of four with ballet classes to which she added modern jazz and Argentinian tango at a later stage. She then engaged in contemporary dance that helped broadening her knowledge in present-day techniques.


She went on performing on different stages in Lebanon, the Middle East and in Europe. She also starred on the Arab version of “So you think you can dance” and made it among the four finalists.

She graduated in filmmaking from the st. Joseph University (IESAV) – Beirut after directing her worldly recognized short dance film debut, Orenda.


Her infatuation with the combination of cinema and dance had started earlier on with her short documentary “Moving philosophy” where she applied Laban Movement Analysis’ theories for the human body on the body of the camera, studying the relationship between the two. Her aspiration to break the boundaries between the spectators and the moving subject is one of her major grounds and goals.


And so do I, her freshly orchestrated short, winner of the Golden Award at the filmmakers of the year film festival, the Filmmatic Filmmaker Awards and the Directors Circle Festival of shorts, stars choreographer Jens Bjerregaard, dancer Guilia Barbone and the young Shayene Kamel. 

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Wafa Bouty

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Artistic Co-Director, rehearsal director, dancer


  Wafa was trained in dance at the Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts in Damascus from 2008 to 2012. Alongside Bouty was also a dancer with the Sima Dance Company participating in performances at the Syrian Opera House. Since 2012 he has been working in Lebanon dancing in and making choreography for music videos and shows.


He was the only Arabic dancer in Star Academy in seasons 9 and 11. 

He reached the quarter final of the So You Think You Can Dance – Yalla Norkos competition in 2014. 


In addition to his full dance schedule he has since 2013 been an instructor and teacher at the dance school Tribe Dance Mission were he not only teaches but also creates contemporary and Hip Hop choreographies for the students - works that has been presented at Casino du Liban. 


Bouty is a young dancer and choreographer who has shown a great sensibility to the art form of dance

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Jens Bjerregaard

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 Artistic co-director, choreographer, teacher, coach

 

Jens was trained at the Laban Centre (UK), he has been active in international contemporary dance since 1992.  In 1998 He established the award-winning ensemble Urban Elves. In 2005, he founded Mancopy Dance Company and developed an unconventional structure welcoming collaborations with artists from all over the world. In 2007, he founded Archauz, the first Choreographic Centre in Denmark, where he curated festivals, organized choreography competitions and outreach programs. Jens also established youth dance companies in two Danish cities (Odense and Aarhus). 


Alongside touring his own performances he is choreographing for companies around the world, curating and been jury member on several international competitions. He is a highly acclaimed teacher of dance is regularly invited to give master classes to companies, festivals and dance centres around the world.


As a Choreographer and dance-maker Jens is one of the few who consistently practice dance as an abstract, transcendent form of expression. He has persistently followed his own choreographic technically challenging direction; His style is spellbinding and displays a consciousness of form and visual design. With a natural instinct for the relations in the body and between bodies Jens is not afraid of creating “movement”. 


Since 2010, Jens has been working out of Beirut, Here he has worked as a choreographer on the “So you think you can dance” and "Dancing with the Stars" TV Shows.


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The dancers

Rebecca Dahrouge

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Dancer, visual design

  

Rebecca is a working architect in parallel with her dance work. She started with Ballet at an early age and has participated in several international ballet summer intensives (Austria –Wolfsegg Intensive dance Summer, Hungary - Russian Ballet Dance Academy) She is now teaching ballet to kids and youth in Lebanon. Since 2015 she has expanding into contemporary dance and has already worked in several music videos.

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Mazen Nahlawi

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Dancer

  

Mazen studied at the higher institute for dramatic arts in Damascus from 2008 to 2012. He went on to work as a dancer in Sima Dance Company (Syrian, now based in Dubai). Mazen has in addition danced at several festivals in Syria and Lebanon as well as working as a dancer in numerous dance video.

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