Jessica Lennon (Jalilah) has been a student of Middle Eastern Belly Dance since 2004, and is a consummate student of the dance, continually taking classes, workshops, and learning from other dancers and teachers. Jessica has studied with a number of international superstars of dance including Zahra Zuhair of Los Angeles, Morrocco and Tarik Sultan of New York City, Diana Tarkahan of Cairo, Egypt, and Sabrina Fox and Petite Jamila of the international touring troupe The Bellydance Superstars.  Jessica’s own teacher, Habiba, is known as the Capital District’s authority in belly dance.

Since 2006 Jessica has been a featured performer in Habiba’s Belly Dance Troupe. She has performed at Saratoga’s First Night, Troy’s River Street Festival and Victorian Stroll, The Arts Center of the Capital Region’s Fat Saturday for the Arts, Middle Eastern Dance Showcases in North Hampton, MA, and alongside the Bellydance Superstars in Club Bellydance at Troy’s Revolution Hall.  In addition, Jessica has performed at numerous cultural events and other local fundraisers.

In addition to teaching at The Arts Center of the Capital Region, Jessica actively teaches belly dance for girl scout troops as well as beginner belly dance classes in Clifton Park.   For more information about performances or classes please contact Jessica at