About the Owner

Janel Calka-Assaf

Owner and creator of Nafas Fitness and Dance Studio, Janel Calka-Assaf has a passion for life and love of family, friends, and animals! Janel will inspire and motivate you with her positive attitude!

Janel's childhood dream was to open a studio and she realized early on that her strong work ethic was the only way for her to achieve her dreams. Janel started cleaning homes for seniors citizens and people with special needs, and a year later she opened J's Elite Cleaning. Along with managing her growing business, Janel was teaching 12 classes a week, working for a resale shop, art gallery in Northville, and helping others create their dream homes through interior design and painting murals. 

Janel is trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip-hop, Lyrical, Belly dance, Pom and Pole fit. She is certified in Yoga, ZUMBA Gold, ZUMBA B2, ZUMBA Toning, TABATA and GOOFINESS!

Janel has been teaching dance for over 17 years, her very first dance teacher was a lady by the name of Patt Palermo who took Janel under her wing and trained Janel to assistant teach class at the age of 10. Janel has taught dance and choreographed production numbers for many dance studios, dance camps, master classes, conventions, and professional dance companies. While on scholarship at The Edge (in California) Janel was asked to join the weekly- performing tap company known as "World Tap" created by Mark Goodman.

Throughout the many years of being so active, Janel has learned the importance of eating the right foods to fuel the body and maintain maximum energy levels. Obsessing about what you eat is not necessary when you learn to balance food and exercise in everyday life. Reducing or eliminating toxins from the body, such as cigarettes and alcohol will help maintain the proper energy levels. Avoiding negative people from your life is also an easy way to maintain a happy and healthy lifestyle.

Janel is thrilled to open Nafas Fitness and Dance Studio on 811 main st. royal oak mi 48073, she is excited to develop new relationships with clients and friends.

A special THANK YOU to Janel's husband, Thayer! She would also like to give thanks to her mom and dad, the Gees, Mr. and Mrs. Young, Rich and Glen, and all of her senior buddies who have inspired her in so many ways!

You can also catch Janel  on H.G.T.V ! Cash & Cari. She works setting up estate sales and interacting with customers!