When did you began dancing?
I started Dancing when I first learned how to walk is what my mom always says! But I started dancing recreationally at Upstage Dance Centre when I was 6 years old.
What type of dancing do you do?
I’m trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Modern, Contemporary, Musical Theater and I tumble.
What is your special performance skills?
A Few special performance skills I have are, I’m hypermobility (double jointed) and very flexible. I can bone break, do a scorpion and a birds nest! A special one is my signature hairstyle the braid ponytail! Anytime I freestyle I will whip it around and around like a helicopter.
Jene Marie’s performance on The Ellen Show starts at the 1:31 Mark
Tell us your experience of being on Nickelodeon’s Lip Sync Battle Shorties and having a viral performance.
It was an amazing feeling to see other people enjoying what I love to do. I hold my excitement inside a lot of the time, but when Beylite on Instagram posted it I was like Whaaaaaaaat! I’m so grateful that people loved the performance just as much as I did! I‘m very thankful for all of my supporters new and old, that are riding along with me on my journey!
Tells us what choreographers you like.
I have so many choreographers that I look up to that I would love to study! Some of my favorite are, Sean Bankhead, Jaquel Knight, Sakinah Lestage, Laura Edwards, Jamaica Craft and the list goes on and on. I LOVE these choreographers because I can feel every move and emotion they feel when they dance.
What choreographers would you like to work with?
I was able to work with my dream choreographers Fatima Robinson, Jaquel Knight, and Jamaica Craft. I would love to work with Rhapsody James and Oththan Burnside because the way they carry themselves. They seem like great, kind, and caring people that like to have fun on their jobs but are always about their business.
What are the best tips you receive about dance?
The tip I have received about dance is to always be prepared for anything and have a plan B. Another great tip I received is a little funny. However, it is very true that if you get mad or have an attitude with a situation just “keep it cute, or put it on mute”.
How do you balance academics, dance school, and performances?
It is a little stressful to balance school and dance. I love being home schooled at Georgia Cyber Academy because I’m able to work.
What are your goals and inspirations?
My Goal and inspirations is to one day know that I have changed lives by making them happy when I perform! I want to become a triple threat and reach a point in my life dance full-time as my career!
What advice you will like to give young girls starting in dance?
I would love to tell young girls, whatever you do make sure you are enjoying it and having fun! Whatever you decide to do in life, it is for you, not what your cousin, sister, brother, or parents want you to do! You don’t want to waste time doing something that doesn’t excite you then later look back and say “man, I should have followed my heart and did what made me happy”. I want little girls to know that they are special just the way they are and can succeed in anything the put their minds to! Everyone will love you for being you. You don’t have to ever be someone else, you are amazing just the way you are!
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