Discover a new part of yourself

Belly dancing is a wonderful skill to learn. It connects you to parts of yourself that you didn’t previously know. It allows you to explore yourself through dance and find joy through movement.

Our Story

With the goal to help uplift women through the art of belly dance, Janka’s Oriental Dance Studio was founded by Janka Kliment in 2006.

Today the studio is owned by Melanie Wallis and Jessica Perelson and has been renamed Zahra’s Oriental Dance Studio, fulfilling a desire expressed by its founder.  Melanie and Jessica have remained true to Janka’s vision and belief that the art of belly dance can benefit all women, regardless of their age, fitness level or body shape.

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~ Belly dance is a graceful art ~

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Our Mission

Belly dancing uses the natural motion of a woman’s body, allowing gentle conditioning which promotes flexibility and muscle control without impacting the joints.  We encourage a safe and friendly environment for all women to explore who they are and how they feel about their bodies.

Classes vary from a beginner level to advanced/professional.  They include various styles, isolation and props, with an emphasis on teaching appropriate technique and appreciation for the cultural origins of the various styles of oriental dance.

Get in Touch

We would love to hear from you if you'd like to find out more about attending dance lessons and joining the studio.

Contact us if you would like performers for a corporate function, kitchen tea or birthday party.

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