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Brand New Home! Brand New Program! - I’m so excited to announce we have a brand new location! The new home for Raksanna and the Near East Dance Ensemble is Center Stage, 1665 Quincy Ave, Naperville, IL 60540. It’s a fabulous facility with three performing venues including a professional theater that seats 165, a newly renovated dance training room and a vibrant, […]
Now Open: Auditions for Detroit, Confessions of a Belly Dancer - Now Open: Auditions for Detroit, Motor City Now is your chance to to be part of the cast of Confessions of a Belly Dancer (C) in our Detroit stop!  PLUS you can be featured in the fourth book in the series: Confessions of a Belly Dancer (C). Auditions are open until midnight, tomorrow, February 27. Join our amazing international cast that […]
Student Spotlight: Sue B Takes the Veil - Raksanna’s note: I’m so blessed to meet amazing, inspirational women through belly dance. One such lady is Sue B. She’s a corporate professional, has a great sense of humor, is beautiful, is a widow and loves belly dance. She’s an inspiration to me and I’m honored to receive her permission to print her newest work, I […]
How to Create and Lead an Amazing, Drama-Free Belly Dance Troupe - Chicago is filled with buzz these days. The Black Hawks, our hockey team, just won the prized Stanley Cup – the championship trophy awarded annually to the National Hockey League (NHL) playoff winner at the end of the Stanley Cup Finals. As I shared the excitement and pride with my fellow Chicagoans, I thought about […]

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