Raqs Jameel

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.

Rehearsal Schedule: Thursdays 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at JOMDC Bethesda

Company Requirements:
1. Members must be in Grade 7-12 at the start of the season.
2. Members must pay a $1366 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 in Grades 7-8 must take 1 additional class. Members in Grades 9-12 must take 2 additional classes. We recommend the following youth classes for Grades 7-8 and youth classes for Grades 9-12:

  • Belly Dance Specialties (Grades 6-12) with Adriane Whalen, Wednesdays 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. at JOMDC Bethesda
  • Belly Dance 2 (Grades 9-12) with Adriane Whalen, Saturdays 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. at JOMDC Friendship Heights