Jrisi has since developed a unique style of movement, combining fusion work in traditional cultural and classical forms of dance.

Sydney, NSW, Australia

A dancer since an early age, Jrisi firstly become involved in Chilean and Greek Folkloric dance styles in her native home of Antofagasta, Chile. Her arrival in her new home of Australia saw Jrisi quickly immerse herself in various styles of dance including, ballet and Jazz, performing frequently in Rock Eistedfords, School Spectaculars, plays and musicals.

Jrisi has since developed a unique style of movement, combining fusion work in traditional cultural and classical forms of dance. She is an innovative choreographer and dancer with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Degree, 2000 from the University of Western Sydney. She has studied and performed under some of Sydney’s top Contemporary and Jazz choreographers such as Bernadette Walong (co-choreographer of Bangarra Dance Theatre), Julie-Ann Long, Dr. Garry Lester, Virginia Ferris and many more.

Her training in Oriental Dance began at the School of Danse Oriental where she quickly became one of the school’s prominent soloist. She has since moved onto the professional dance arena, performing as a resident dancer in many Arabic Nightclubs and restaurants around Sydney.

Jrisi is a versatile dancer which has seen her work in two Dance Companies, Antonio Vargas in “The House Plus” a contemporary/Flamenco Dance Theatre work adapted from Federico Lorca’s play, The House of Bernarda Alba. “Streets of Dance Company” a Jazz Dance Theatre Company under the direction of Virginia Ferris, where Jrisi has been both a jazz dancer and Oriental dancer, she has been part of the company since 2000.

Jrisi’s work continually aims to recreate Oriental Dance, she excels in creating works which are cross-cultural. She fuses Western styles such as Contemporary, Jazz, Ballet techniques with that of Oriental, Flamenco, Latin and Classical Indian Movement. A Sun Herald critic called her latest work Pasos sin Huellas “captivating”.

She has trained in Flamenco under the tuition of Diana Reyes since 1995 and attended Bhatara Natyam training with well-known dance artist Anandavalli. Jrisi also finds time to attend Master Classes by visiting world acclaimed international and national contemporary dance companies such as The Netherlands Dance Theatre, Chunky Move, Leigh Warren and Dancers, Liz Lea Dance, Expressions Dance Theatre.

She has received a dance commission by Carnivale to produce her work Pasos sin Huellas as part of Carnivale Festival and has also organized a successful dance production of Unmasked at the Riverside Theatres. Carnivale invited Jrisi to be the Dance representative in the Grant Assessment Panel 2001 for applications in Music, Dance, Theatre, Film and Festival.

The Australia Council for the Arts awarded Jrisi with a dance grant of $31,000 which allowed her to gain mentorship with the world´s leading Oriental dance artist in Germany, Lebanon and Egypt  and also train at the prestigious Alvin Ailey School and STEPS on Broadway in New York City. She has been honoured to received intensive training with master teachers such as Dr. Mo Geddawi, Mahmoud Reda and Madame Raqia Hassan. She also attended Ecole Libanaise de Ballet under the tutelage of Madame Georgette Gebara and attended private lessons with Amani and various Dabke dance teachers in Lebanon. The year 2002 has also opened doors to international performance opportunities. She has performed at the Egyptian Embassy and Tabuna restaurant in Germany, a five day wedding celebration in Tunisia to live orchestra, the International Oriental Dance festival closing ceremony in Egypt and various clubs and restaurant in New York City such as Lafayette Grill, Kush and Coconuts Jamaican Club. She was also honoured to have been asked to teach the 1 hour warm up section of the Hathor Tanz Troupe in Germany and also substitute teaching in New York City for well known dancer Kaeshi.

Jrisi remains to be committed to developing a better network for dancers from all different dance styles.

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