Jeanette first stepped shyly onto a stage to dance at 4 years old and has never looked back! Throughout her childhood she trained in ballet, jazz and tap at the Isobel Dunn School of Dance and in her late teens started to perform and choreograph musical theatre productions for theatrical groups in her home town of York, England. On arrival in Brussels in 1980 she became involved with the English Comedy Club and American Theatre Company. Since then she has performed in and choreographed several shows for the various Anglophone theatrical societies in Brussels including pantomimes, Shakespeare plays, BLOC on Broadway, Anything Goes, A funny thing happened on the way to the Forum, Hello Dolly!, Pajama Game, Cabaret and Christmas Carol and Crazy for You.

 

Jeanette studied to become a dance teacher and is a Licentiate with the IDTA and PTD dance societies, and an Associate with the ISTD and NATD. She created her own dance school “JET’s School of Dance” in 1996 teaching jazz, tap & later on hip hop. The dance school puts on shows & concerts and the pupils take part in examination sessions too. In the past 23 years, the school has obtained a 100% pass rate in all the examination sessions, with many pupils receiving the highest mark.

Jeanette Marino
(The Founder)

DANCE

In her late teens Jeanette started to perform and choreograph musical theatre productions for theatrical groups in her home town of York, England. On arrival in Brussels in 1980 she became involved with the English Comedy Club and American Theatre Company. Since then she has performed in and choreographed several shows for the various Anglophone theatrical societies in Brussels including pantomimes, shakespeare plays, BLOC on Broadway, Anything Goes, A funny thing happened on the way to the Forum, Hello Dolly!, Pajama Game, Cabaret and Christmas Carol and most recently Crazy for You.

 

Jeanette’s love of theatre started in York when she found out that not only was dancing fun on stage but also singing and acting ! She performed in such musicals as The Boyfriend, Bye Bye Birdie, My Fair Lady, Charley’s Aunt, Great Expectations and a number of variety shows. On arrival in Brussels she decided to seek out the theatre scene and found herself performing in Kiss me Kate and then a pantomime all in her first year ! Always loving the comedy aspect in plays, Jeanette (who has played many comic parts) likes to show her pupils that it isn’t only the principal character who can have the best role or the most fun.

 

Jeanette is a Licentiate with the IDTA in modern theatre dance and especially likes to teach her pupils the different stylized dances and steps which are necessary in all sorts of musicals today. She has also obtained LAMDA musical theatre examinations.

 

In today’s world of technology, it is so lovely to teach children the wonders of theatre, the excitement of going on stage, the thrill of the applause and to tackle live theatre where there is no rewind button !

Jeanette Marino
Dance Instructor

MUSICAL THEATRE

Born and raised in New York, Emanuelle has been immersed in the art of theatre, whether it is singing, acting or dancing, since the age of 6. She knew from then on, that the stage will always be her home. Being raised in an international family, Emanuelle has had the opportunity of learning many different theatre methods and styles from around the world: from French pantomime theatre to Russian musical performances. In high school, she was lucky enough to go through the international baccalaureate program where she was immersed in various theatrical practices. It was in those years that she discovered the art of directing and decided to stage a successful one act play “Akhmatova” for her final year project. During that time, she was also an assistant director for her French drama teacher. 

 

Emanuelle then came to Brussels to pursue her studies, resulting in a bachelors in Modern languages and literature (English and Russian), a masters in Theatre arts and a teaching certificate in theatre arts. She now teaches Drama and English in different Belgian schools and successfully prepares future drama students for their auditions. But her passion for theatre has always led her to the stage and/or backstage. In coming to Brussels, Emanuelle continued her passion and joined her university theatre troupe – l’Atelier theatre de l’ULB. She performed many Avant-grade plays and directed a French rendition of “The Importance of Being Earnest” (2015). Emanuelle later joined musical theatre companies like BLOC and Green Parrot and was delighted to play the roles of Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz” (2015-2016) and Polly in “Crazy for You – The New Gershwin Musical" (2017) and the dragon in “Shrek” (2019). She also directed “Urinetown – the Musical” in 2018. Emanuelle continues to learn and grow in her craft, attending various workshops in London, Paris, St. Petersburg and New York. Emanuelle is truly excited to join the team at Jet’s academy and ready to open the minds of the new generation of musical theatre students. 

Emanuelle
Drama Instructor
Lou Wéry
Singing Instructor

Lou Wéry is Belgian and was first introduced to music through dance, having trained during her childhood & teenage years with Martine Godat (contemporary dancer and teacher at the Forest Academy), leading to a work of personal choreography based on the Arts of the body, ears and eyes (dance, music and painting).

 

Lou had started taking classical piano lessons, and since 2012 she has been dedicated to study music, especially jazz. It started with JazzBXL with Bas Cooijmans, Olivier Colette, Krystel Wautier, and then during the same year, she also studied at the Conservatory of Liège training with Michel Massot and Fabian Fiorini learning about free improvisation. In 2014, she entered the Koninklijke Conservatorium van Brussel, continuing her training with Nathalie Loriers, Diederik Wissels and Kris Defoort. She still continues to take classical piano lessons with Jean Hilger, professor at the Conservatoire du Luxembourg. Lou also has been teaching children (aged 7 to 11 years), in music and singing, using the teaching  “créatif” method created by Jean-Claude Baertsoen, at  the “Blanches et Noires” school in Brussels

 

However Lou does love singing and is currently the lead singer in the fusion-jazz-psyche group, NAPSiS, as well as pianist and chorist in the pop-rock group, Beautiful Badness.

Lou Wéry
Singing Instructor

Francesca is an Italian dance artist based in Leuven. She started training in ballet in 1998 and since then she always continued loving and developing her dance practice. She graduated from National Dance Academy of Rome before achieving the MA Choreography from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London with a postgraduate bursary award.

 

Francesca has over eight years of experience in dance teaching at various age ranges and levels and she is specialised in ballet and dynamic release. In 2016 she joined the Trinity Laban teaching team and taught dance technique classes for undergraduate and postgraduate students. Among others, she taught for Trinity Laban Summer School in London, Vi.P. Danza, DanzArti and Altra Dimensione in Rome and British Academy of Dramatic Combat in London.

 

Continuing with her professional development, Francesca holds diplomas in Safe Dance Practice from Safe in Dance International, Creative Dance Teaching from Dance Arts Faculty of Rome, Laban Movement Analysis from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and she regularly attends workshops in Belgium, UK, Austria, Slovenia and Italy.

 

Among others, Francesca performed for choreographers Giorgio Rossi, Walter Matteini, Enzo Cosimi and Roberta Romei and worked as rehearsal director with choreographers Lizzi Kew Ross, Daisy Farris, Martin Nachbar and Jacqueline Bulnes (Martha Graham Dance Company).

 

Francesca loves delivering fun and playful classes aiming at the development of the students and the accuracy of their dance technique and she is absolutely thrilled to join the team at Jet’s Academy and share her passion with future dance students.

Francesca Orlando
Dance Instructor

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