Raqs Jameel (Grades 7-12)
Adriane Whalen, Director
Raqs Jameel is the teen world dance performance company of Joy of Motion Dance Center. Led by director Adriane Whalen, the company presents Middle Eastern, Turkish, Russian, Iranian, and Indian dances. Through its traditional folkloric dances and authentic costumes, Raqs Jameel seeks to promote understanding and appreciation of different cultures. Throughout the season, Raqs Jameel will perform at festivals and at the Atlas Performing Arts Center,the Greenberg Theatre, and the DC Convention Center.
Rehearsal Schedule: Thursdays 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at JOMDC Bethesda
1. Members must be in Grade 7-12 at the start of the season.
2. Members must pay a $2150 tuition fee (includes rehearsals, company tee shirt, and costume fee).
3. Members must attend all rehearsals and JOMDC performances (Fall and Spring Concerts).
4. In addition to attending rehearsals, members dancers in grades 7 – 8 must take 1 additional technique class per week and dancers in grades 9 and above, must take 2 additional technique classes per week for the duration of the season.
Adriane Whalen, a Washington, D.C. native, began her love of dance at the age of 3, dancing with Erika Thimey, a renowned teacher and choreographer. From the age of nine through high school, Whalen studied and performed ballet with Lily Ann Tchaikovsky, the mother of the famous ABT ballerina, Marianna Tchaikovsky. Whalen attended the University of California at Berkeley, where she received a B.A. in Political Science. During college, Whalen danced and performed with the Berkeley Conservatory Ballet Company, as well as with Berkeley’s Modern Dance Department which was directed by David and Marty Wood, both of whom worked closely with Martha Graham. After completing her studies at Berkeley, she returned to the Washington, D.C. dance community. Whalen joined the Greg Reynolds Dance Quintet and performed on television and in many prestigious venues, including Lincoln Center, the Smithsonian, Trinity Theater and Silvian Theater. After dancing professionally for several years, she began teaching dance. More recently, Whalen became a member of Tapestry, a dance company directed by Nancy Newel, in 1998. Whalen has performed and worked with many of the all-time great tap dancers, including Savion Glover, Karl Du Hoffman, Fred Kelley, Diane Walker and Rusty Frank. She was the director of DC Dance Collective’s Children’s Program when the studio opened. Whalen teaches dance to adults and children daily, is currently a member of the Nomad Dancers, and has been affiliated with Joy of Motion Dance Center since 1983.