Janim | Professional Bellydancer | Art in Motion Pittsburgh Director

JANIM (the Steel City Bellydancer) is a professional performer and Director of the Pittsburgh Bellydance Academy at Art in Motion Pittsburgh

Janim has dedicated herself to the study of Middle Eastern Dance, its traditions, nuances and deeper meaning and expression through performance, instruction, and continuing education. Her love of the dance can be seen in her dynamic performances and within her thoughtful instruction of her students in both workshops and classes where she presents the fundamentals of bellydance as well as the nuances of zilling and veil work. Join her at her studio Art in Motion Pittsburgh to discover the love of the dance!

As an experienced, personable, and respected performer and instructor, “Janim infuses classical styles with individual grace and charm, expressing the essential feminine in dance,”- Angele Ellis, Pittsburgh PA. Her understanding of dance movement and technique and her training in Egyptian, Lebanese, and Turkish Oriental styles lends spirit, spontaneity, and heart to her dancing, captivating audiences where ever she performs. To round out her dance education and to infuse a special twist, she currently studies Ballet, Tahitian, and Samba. Janim also organizes events in town including the Pittsburgh Bellydance Festival now in its 7th year!

When not performing, organizing, or instructing, Janim is a landscape architect and graphic designer. She is an adjunct faculty member of Carnegie Mellon’s school of Architecture and holds her architecture degree from the University of Notre Dame. Go Irish!

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Bellydance Wedding & Party Entertainment

Enliven Your Event With Belly Dance

In the many cultures, no wedding is complete without a belly dancer! Whether belly dance is part of your culture or a fun addition you have always wanted to explore, we will make your wedding sparkle with elegant, uplifting wedding entertainment custom-crafted just for you. Classy and colorful costumes and props coordinated with your decor; a perfect music playlist created just for your crowd; lots of creative ideas and surprises – this is just the beginning of an unforgettable entertainment experience!

From her dramatic veil dancing to her finger cymbals, you will not be disappointed by hiring the best of Pittsburgh entertainment! All of her packages are customizable for YOUR event. Janim will be happy to work with you to make your event the BEST!

Looking for wedding entertainment ideas? Here are a couple of tried-and-true ways we integrate a belly dance show into your wedding and all the celebrations leading up to it.

1001 Nights – Reception/ Cocktail Hour Entertainment: This option is the perfect transition from dinner to dancing! Entertain your guests with a full-length (20-30 minute) belly dance show during the end of your meal or during cocktail hour while they wait for you and your bridal party to arrive!

For increased elegance, consider a 2-part show with a costume change or additional dancers/drummers. Janim works regularly with talented professionals and can assemble the perfect show to suit your occasion. Your guests will thank you for giving them something fun to start off the night! Pricing* begins at $250 for a solo dancer/ $400 for 2 dancers/ $500 for 2 dancers and a drummer.

Zeffa Procession: The zeffa (or zaffa) is a traditional Arabic wedding procession where the belly dancer leads the newlyweds through the room and to their table, often balancing a shamadan (lit candelabra) on her head while playing finger cymbals to symbolically light the way for the couple. (A flameless LED option is used as wedding venues often prohibit fire.) The zeffa can stand alone or serve as a segue into a full belly dance performance.

Janim works with TEAM ZEFFA, drummers and fellow dancer, Jemeena to provide a robust wedding procession. Contact us to find out more! Pricing* begins at $500 for 2 dancers and 2 drummers (recommended minimum for a robust procession).

World Dance Performance: Do you want to dazzle your guests with a round the world dance performance? We will construct a performance catered to your event that brings an international flair to your local venue. Incorporating the sizzle of Brazilian Samba and the elegance of Middle Eastern bellydance, we will captivate your guests with a performance to remember. Pricing starts at $550 with 4 to 5 dancers. Show length typically 30-35 minutes.* (The number of dancers and the addition of live musicians can be customized to meet your needs!)

Bridal Party Choreography: Add a little pizzazz for your Bridal Party with a routine choreographed just for you! Strut on in with hip shaking moves for your entrance or to wow the crowd during the night! This package includes 2 lessons for the Bridal Party leading up to the event, video notes and suggestions. Janim can dance in the choreography along with you or segue into a full performance. Pricing* begins at $250 for the choreography and lessons.

*Pricing does not include travel time

What to expect from Janim and Team Zeffa?
A Quick Response to Your Request, A Fully Customized Performance Package, Professional/Courteous Demeanor, Fabulous Award-Winning Performance and all of your Guests Wow’d and Talking About it for Days!

Interactive Workshops for Bachelorette Parties and Bridal Showers: Treat the Bride to Be and all your guests to a a few hours of girl bonding with a belly dance workshop at your home or the location of your choosing. A classy alternative to the run of the mill bridal shower and bachelorette party festivities!

::: Testimonials :::

“Excellent! Would hire again and again! Janim performed a Belly Dance at my sister’s wedding. We had almost 400 people in attendance and everyone was captivated by her. We received compliment after compliment. She was classy, graceful, and personable. If you’ve ever hired a belly dancer you know that being a good dancer goes beyond the dance moves. Janim connected to the music, the audience and made the whole wedding more fun and authentic! My whole (Lebanese) family was so pleased with her performance and presence at the wedding!” – Nawal Rajeh, Youngstown, OH

Classes

Janim teaches at Art in Motion Pittsburgh!

Located in a historic renovated theatre turned studio in the heart of the city, the Pittsburgh Bellydance Academy offers a comprehensive training program for amateur and aspiring professional bellydancers. The class program includes flexibility and strength training, toning, head to toe technique, combinations and choreography. Classes also include training in musicality, interpretation, improvisation, and performance skills. Prop classes include single and double veil, cane, zills, and fan veils. We strive to offer high quality instruction and to create beautiful dancers. Students are encouraged to participate in biannual showcase performance opportunities.

Our new schedule can be found here!

Testimonials

“Janim infuses classical styles with individual grace and charm, expressing the essential feminine in dance,” Angele Ellis, Pennsylvania

Janim2017-48.jpg“Excellent! Would hire again and again! Janim performed a Belly Dance at my sister’s wedding. We had almost 400 people in attendance and everyone was captivated by her. We received compliment after compliment. She was classy, graceful, and personable. If you’ve ever hired a belly dancer you know that being a good dancer goes beyond the dance moves. Janim connected to the music, the audience and made the whole wedding more fun and authentic! My whole (Lebanese) family was so pleased with her performance and presence at the wedding!” – Nawal Rajeh, Youngstown, OH

“Five glittery stars for Janim’s belly dance classes. We all know that Janim is an amazing dancer, but she is also an awesome teacher! Janim hits all the marks with a mix of drills, choreography, veils and zills, for classesthat are both challenging and fun. Her energy and enthusiasm are infectious, and no matter what your dance level, she makes everyone feel like a belly dancestar.” -Linda Falorio, Pennsylvania

“Brightly swirling veils and classic Belly Dance lines, Janim in a word, is electrifying.” – Karianne Merlina, Bellydancer in Pennsylvania

Janim2017-43.jpg“As a bellydance student, the most valuable lesson I learned from Janim can’t be directly seen – it rests internally. From Janim I learned to liberate the fun, flirty, and fearless qualities that all of us women (deep down) possess. As someone who has struggled with self-esteem issues all of her life, I continue to feel my confidence grow, little by little, every time I step into the dance studio. In the few months that I have been dancing, I already feel like a new person; it’s almost unrecognizable. Someday I hope to possess the same ethereal-like aura and charming confidence that Janim has – until then, she continues to be an inspiration and role model to me!”  – Luiza Sarbu, Bellydance student

“Your confident presence (you own the space around you… command it) and  your lyrical surrender to the music (and yes, you can quote me on that :)” (about Janim’s double veil work)  – Olivia Kissel, Bellydancer, Pittsburgh PA

“I have seen a lot of bellydancers from pittsburg but Janim is by far my favorite. She IS the Steel city bellydancer which is very hard to say since I am a Baltimore Fan. You can’t help but smile as you watch her perform from her zills to her double veils, her enthusiasm is contagious. I have yet to attend a show where her performance doesn’t lift my mood. If you want to leave your guests with a smile on their faces, then Janim is the dancer for you.” –Amartia, Professional Bellydancer