About Tehani

Jennifer Tehani Sarreal is a world champion dancer (BDUC category choreography and performance champion plus congeniality winner), multidisciplinary performance artist, professional fire dancer, published writer, world performance arts educator, a top Reiki Master (ranked in the Top 3 by service provider Thumbtack for the past three years), professional forensic intuitive and social emotional arts facilitator dedicated to bringing understanding, humanity and empowerment to the world through her work.  Serving Southern California, national and international contracts, she has lectured, taught and performed in over a dozen countries.

Her work in world performance art and education has been featured in various publications and broadcast media including The Press Telegram, The Orange County Register, OCWeekly, La Jornada (Mexico) and ABS-CBN (Philippines). Sarreal was nominated by CSULB for the Long Beach Arts Council's Distinguished Artist of the Year Award, danced at the global World March for Peace & Nonviolence and highlighted in San Pedro’s Random Lengths News “Change Agent Series” for her work as an activist.  She was a former Board Member of the Cultural Alliance of Long Beach (CALB), the creator of the Artist’s Feast community micro-grant program and the founder/director of the “Artists for Action” showcase & community forum (a fiscally sponsored project of Catalyst Network of Communities, a non-profit organization). 

Tehani’s performances and workshops have been held at museums, institutions, libraries and theaters around the world including: MoLAA (Museum of Latin American Art), the Skirball Museum of Los Angeles, A Window Between Worlds’ Survivors Art Circle, women’s survivor groups in Tamil Nadu (India), and the Covarrubias Theater at UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico) in Mexico City.  She incorporates her background in Anthropology (CSULB), Social Emotional Arts (UCLA), continuing study and professional experience in performance and education to facilitate programs that promote an awareness and cultural sensitivity that transform appropriating cultures to honoring them through the education.

Sarreal has integrated education, entertainment and wellness into innovative and results-based programming.  She has presented full day professional development workshops for educators, master classes for performers and corporate programs for stress-management and team building.  Highlights include full day professional development workshops for K-12 educators at the Skirball’s “Teaching Our World Through the Arts” series, an invitation to lecture at the BEST Arts Conference 2016 and world performance art educational programs at libraries in Los Angeles and Orange County over the past decade. 

Jennifer Tehani Sarreal is equally prolific in the holistic wellness communities.  She has been a Top 3 Reiki Master in LA County ranked by service provider Thumbtack for the past three years (as of Summer 2017 she was given Top Pro status as the top 4% of all entrepreneurs represented in the company), she has done professional work as a highly empathic forensic intuitive and has created coaching programs for intuitive development, living passionate fulfilling lives and running heart-centered businesses (as a former certified Fire Starter Sessions facilitator through Daniele LaPorte).  She is the creator of both the Spirit Dance Method TM for seekers and the World Dance and Drum Series for wellness, empowerment and personal growth through culturally-informed comparative world dance methods personally researched, studied and extracted with integrity from their sources of origin around the globe.  She will be joining the faculty at SOMAfest 2017 (Somatic Movement Arts Festival & Summit) to present her research and lead workshops on the Spirit Dance Method TM. 

In the Fall Term of 2018, Sarreal joined the newest cohort of MAIS students at Oregon State University on track to write her thesis on Comparative Sacred World Dance, cross cultural movement-induced alpha states and their holistic health benefits. Shortly after entering the MAIS program, she was offered the Graduate Laurels Scholarship through the Anthropology Department in Applied Anthropology (with an Integrated Minor) where she is pursuing the same thesis. In her third attempt at a PhD (after withdrawing from a terminal doctoral program several years prior), Tehani aspires to receive her PhD in Medical Anthropology or potentially receiving an additional master’s degree on the way. Three’s a charm!