JBelly's School of RAQ

Parade

Festival

&

Experience

Experience Dance Parade!

Hey There!

On Saturday, May 21st, over 10,000 dancers came together in New York City's most prominent dance event to celebrate over 100 styles and cultures. I was THRILLED to not only work behind the scenes for my 4th year but to invite my global students and friends to join me to fulfill my dream -- dancing down Broadway on our own JBelly's School of RAQ: Parade Float!

 

Although this event has concluded for 2022 I am excited to prep for 2023 and invite YOU to join us! Registration and further event details will open back up the month February. You do not have to be a NYC local to join us for the 6 Week Experience. 

 

We are seeking donors to help support us in our cause and dancers from around the world to join us! JBelly's School of RAQ represents Raqs Sharqi and we showcase our dances to over 100,000 people from the ground and on a sparkly, body loving, Palestinian designed Float throughout the parade as well as perform at the Festival on the Main Stage! 

Please consider donating to our GoFundMe in February or sending a donation via Venmo! @Janelle-Issis for 2023! 

Janelle Jalila Issis Palestinian Bellydancer Tetreez Ramalleh Dance Parade Float Belly Dance raqs Sharqi

$3,500 Goal

In order for us to have a float, costumes, sound, and more we need to raise $3,500... this can seem like a lot right now. But, if we all do our part we will be able to reach this goal and share a weekend of a lifetime after working hard together for 6 Weeks! 

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FAQ's

Q: How long is the parade route? 

  • A: 1.5 to 3hr’s (this will depend where we are in the line up) 

Q: Am I required to be in the Festival Performance, I only want to do the Parade?

  • A: Neither are required. But if attending in person for the main event the Parade portion is required by all participants. You are welcome to do only the parade and not the festival if you choose. 

 

​Q: Restrooms along parade route? 

  • A: Yes, there will be porta potties located at group line up and different areas. We will also find the locations that will allow people to come into to use their facility along parade route. There are restrooms along the parade route, as well as the Festival.  (For example. you can hop off the float, run to the potty and possibly have to catch back up to the float if needing to go while during the actual parade). 

Q: Can I enjoy rehearsals but not attend the parade day?

  • A: Yes! Please register and enjoy the process with us either online &/or in the studio. If you cannot attend parade day that is ok! We are happy to have you. Please specify in your registration. 

Q: Can I wear my own costume? 

  • A: NO, unless approved by Janelle. During Week 1 of rehearsals Janelle will share a PDF file of costume options. Everyone will choose from the selected costumes that the costume committee decides on. There will be more than one option for you to choose from. I do my best to keep these under $40. and of course you will be able to keep it! 

Q: I would like to do a mix of Online Classes, Recordings and In-Studio (is that ok?) 

  • A: Absolutely! This program will always be offered via zoom for every session + I will make recordings if you miss/ have a conflict! We will also have specific in-studio sessions. Make sure to stay up to date with DanceParade Emails! Attend and practice as much as possible. All I ask is that you stay committed to being a team player and learn the  given material.  

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2023 Schedule TBA

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