Janelle Belly Dancer

Belly Dance with Janelle

Janelle is an artist, performer, instructor, and has been studying dance since the age of five. She has been studying belly dance since 1995 and just can't get enough.

Article about Janelle's Baladi workshop by Renee Rothman, Dance Doc.


Janelle is LIVE STREAMING her dance classes during the "Shelter-in-place" order. Here is a list of weekly streaming classes and a link to register for the classes. Some are drop in, some are by donation (or FREE - you will not be turned away for lack of funds - but must register to get the class link) https://janelledance.square.site/

Belly Dance Classes with Janelle Santa Cruz


You can find Janelle Belly dance classes at Desert Dream Dance Company 1025 Water Street Santa Cruz CA 95062, above Good Omen Tattoo.

Check out Janelle and Desert Dream Music & Dance Company for upcoming shows on the EVENTS PAGE.

Janelle is currently certified in both Salimpour formats: Suhaila Level 4 and Jamila Level 2. All of Janelle's classes have strong Salimpour influence and use the Suhaila Salimpour nomenclature and Jamila Salimpour steps and vocabulary. Info on the Salimpour formats here.


"When this lady does one of her drum solo masterpieces she rocks the world." --Maya Matter, World of Dance Theater Co.

"Beautiful feeling, bravo!" --Maria Aya, Greece

"Very light, beautiful, and airy.... Fantastic job...I really enjoyed watching you...you can tell you "feel" the music and love what you are doing! Brava!!!" ---Seinitoa Sarahmila

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