Explore and Embrace
All That Is Elegant and Feminine
Pure Raks means pure Arabic dance.
It is classical oriental dance, with traditional movements, authentic feeling, and elegant femininity.
To study Pure Raks, you will learn belly dance as a fine art form.
It is a fun, disciplined dance program that trains you from beginner level through professional, whatever your dance goals desire.
If you want to feel fit, sexy and classy, Pure Raks is for you!
When you want to be Extraordinary,
instead of ordinary
You can start at any age and with no prior dance experience.
Pure Raks evolves your mind, your body, and your spirit. Discover your Passion for Pure Raks!
Join a class now!
If you have any questions, please call me at 773-979-5351 or email JasminJahal@hotmail.com
Experience the Art, Experience the Artist!
Jasmin Jahal is an international artist of classical oriental and folkloric dance from the Middle East, specializing in Egyptian dance. She started dancing at age 4 and mentored under Lebanese and Egyptian dance masters, Ibrahim Farrah and Mahmoud Reda. Jasmin’s talents and passion have made her a sought after performer all over North America, Europe and in the Middle East. Jasmin promotes the art of Middle Eastern dance with quality, beauty and dignity.
See Jasmin Jahal perform on YouTube
In-Person Classes at UIC
will be postponed until 2021
UIC will host Virtual Belly Dance Classes
in the Fall 2020
starting Sep 22
Tuesday level 1 5:30pm
Tuesday level 2 6:30 pm
Wednesday level 3 6:30 pm
UIC Sports & Fitness Center
UIC Sports & Fitness Center:
829 S. Damen, Chicago, IL. Classes at this location must be registered directly with UIC. Please register online with UIC or by calling Kara Smith at 312-413-5154. Please register at least 2 business days before the first day of class. There is no registration available at the door.
Everyone is welcome, even if you are not associated with the university.
Try It Free classes are offered on Sept 15
Belly Dance Level 1
For those who want to be fit, sexy and classy! Introduction to the art of classical belly dance, including basic steps, combinations, short routines, as well as how to use a veil. World renown performer Jasmin Jahal introduces you to a fun, yet disciplined program that trains you step by step in the feminine and elegant movements of classical belly dance. Start at any age. No prior dance experience necessary. Enhance your self-esteem while creating an hour-glass shape. Learn exciting movements for your hips, torso and arms. Build fabulous abs and tone your core. Class attire: flexible workout clothing, bare feet, socks or ballet slippers, and a scarf to tie around your hips.
Belly Dance Level 2
Expand your level 1 dance vocabulary, learn Arabic rhythms and how to play finger cymbals, gain grace with your veil. Themes alternate and may include a drum solo and/or Saidi Stick dance. for those who want to further their studies and mastery of the beautiful art of belly dance. Level 2 assumes you have acquired Level 1 skills and knowledge. Please bring your workout clothes and hip scarf.
Belly Dance Level 3
Apply your skills by learning advanced choreography. Each semester the theme varies, including classical oriental dance, Ancient Egyptian, and folkloric dance from various countries of the Middle East. Advanced rhythms, musical interpretation and even improvisational techniques. Dances incorporate various accessories, such as veil, cymbals, sticks, and wings. A great way to challenge and evolve your dance abilities. Level 3 assumes you have acquired the vocabulary and skill set presented in level 2.
Belly Dance Level 4
Find your inner diva and let her perform! If you would love to share your talents and passion for belly dance at fun, family-oriented venues, consider joining the Jasmin Jahal Dance Company. This group of women perform in educational and multi-cultural programs throughout Chicagoland. For example, in November we will perform at the Museum of Science & Industry for the Christmas Around the World Exhibit. Level 4 is open to dancers who also take Level 3 (you must register for both levels), because the Company presents dances that we learn in Level 3.