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JBelly's School of RAQ





2024 Schedule

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

Hey There!

Each year in May over 10,000 dancers come together in New York City's most prominent dance event to celebrate over 100 styles and cultures. Our 2024 event will be my 6th year working behind the scenes and my 3rd year organizing our JBelly Tribe.​ 


I am excited to prep for 2024 and invite YOU to join us! Registration for this event is now open!  


Typically we stroll through the parade on a JBelly Palestinian designed Float and seek donors to help support us in our cause but due to Janelle having her baby late April things will be a little different this year. 


Experience Dance Parade!



$3,800 Goal

We won't have a float for 2024 but this is what we did in the past. In order for us to have a float, sound system, props, studio rental expenses and more we need to raise $3,800... 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! 



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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