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ChicagoRaks

ChicagoRaks ™ ChicagoRaks™ is a very special annual workshop / gala show weekend. Unlike other dance conferences where the primary goal seems to be to pack as many dancers in the workshop as possible, ChicagoRaks™ strictly limits participation to 30 students. Why? Raksanna's primary goal with this prestigious event is to provide dancers with the opportunity to study in [...]

By | October 14th, 2017|Comments Off on ChicagoRaks

Class Session 5 – Jul 9 to Aug 13

Our next dance session for all levels begins Please click here to sign up for classes Class Days and Times (Location addresses below) Belly Dance for FUN! (beginner and intermediate level) Sundays, 1:00-2:30 pm, Center Stage Theater Intermediate and Junior Theater Troupe (Near East Dance Ensemble –  instructor approval required for entrance)  Sundays, 2:30-4:30 pm, Center Stage Theater Raksanna’s Desert [...]

By | July 9th, 2017|Comments Off on Class Session 5 – Jul 9 to Aug 13

Class Session 4 – May 14 to Jun 18

Our next dance session for all levels begins Please click here to sign up for classes Class Days and Times (Location addresses below) Belly Dance for FUN! (beginner and intermediate level) Sundays, 1:00-2:30 pm, Center Stage Theater Intermediate and Junior Theater Troupe (Near East Dance Ensemble –  instructor approval required for entrance)  Sundays, 2:30-4:30 pm, Center Stage Theater Raksanna’s Desert [...]

By | May 14th, 2017|Comments Off on Class Session 4 – May 14 to Jun 18

Class Session 3 – Apr 2 to May 7 2017

Our next dance session for all levels begins Please click here to sign up for classes Class Days and Times (Location addresses below) Belly Dance for FUN! (beginner and intermediate level) Sundays, 1:00-2:30 pm, Center Stage Theater Intermediate and Junior Theater Troupe (Near East Dance Ensemble –  instructor approval required for entrance)  Sundays, 2:30-4:30 pm, Center Stage Theater Raksanna’s Desert [...]

By | April 2nd, 2017|Comments Off on Class Session 3 – Apr 2 to May 7 2017

Class Session 2 – Feb 19 to Mar 26 2017

Our next dance session for all levels begins Please click here to sign up for classes Class Days and Times (Location addresses below) Belly Dance for FUN! (beginner and intermediate level) Sundays, 1:00-2:30 pm, Center Stage Theater Intermediate and Junior Theater Troupe (Near East Dance Ensemble –  instructor approval required for entrance)  Sundays, 2:30-4:30 pm, Center Stage Theater Raksanna’s Desert [...]

By | February 19th, 2017|Comments Off on Class Session 2 – Feb 19 to Mar 26 2017

GotHips 2017

  Got Hips Award Festival, Show and After Show Party (DJ)  Click here for tickets Got Hips is something very special in our studio. It is more than a hafla. It is different from a workshop. It’s not the same as a dance festival. Got Hips is more. It’s a high-end, formal event … complete with dinner, awards, [...]

By | February 4th, 2017|Comments Off on GotHips 2017

Class Session 1 – Jan 8 to Feb 12 2017

Our next dance session for all levels begins Please click here to sign up for classes Class Days and Times (Location addresses below) Belly Dance for FUN! (beginner and intermediate level) Sundays, 1:00-2:30 pm, Center Stage Theater Intermediate and Junior Theater Troupe (Near East Dance Ensemble –  instructor approval required for entrance)  Sundays, 2:30-4:30 pm, Center Stage Theater Raksanna’s Desert [...]

By | January 8th, 2017|Comments Off on Class Session 1 – Jan 8 to Feb 12 2017

TEMPLATE – Class Session X – Month day to Month day

Our next dance session for all levels begins Please click here to sign up for classes Class Days and Times (Location addresses below) Belly Dance for FUN! (beginner and intermediate level) Sundays, 1:00-2:30 pm, Center Stage Theater Intermediate and Junior Theater Troupe (Near East Dance Ensemble –  instructor approval required for entrance)  Sundays, 2:30-4:30 pm, Center Stage Theater Raksanna’s Desert [...]

By | January 1st, 2017|Comments Off on TEMPLATE – Class Session X – Month day to Month day

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, [...]

By | September 15th, 2015|HomePage, Raksanna's Remarks|Comments Off on Brand New Home! Brand New Program!

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 [...]

By | January 21st, 2015|HomePage, Raksanna's Remarks|Comments Off on Now Open: Auditions for Detroit, Confessions of a Belly Dancer

Student Spotlight: Sue B Takes the Veil

Sue B, an amazing student, 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 [...]

By | November 24th, 2014|HomePage, Raksanna's Remarks|Comments Off on Student Spotlight: Sue B Takes the Veil

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 [...]

By | November 24th, 2014|HomePage, Raksanna's Remarks|Comments Off on How to Create and Lead an Amazing, Drama-Free Belly Dance Troupe

Tragedy, Teamwork and Tenacity

Raksanna's note: In my last article, “How to Create a Drama-Free Troupe,” I shared tips and techniques about leadership and team dynamics. This follow up article showcases how effectively harnessing the power of the team can allow you to achieve great things. Enjoy! New York City! Nearly every performing artist dreams of making it in [...]

By | November 24th, 2014|HomePage, Raksanna's Remarks|Comments Off on Tragedy, Teamwork and Tenacity

How to Manage Your Love Life while Having a Love Affair with Belly Dance

Let’s face it. Belly dance strikes a deep chord in most of us. We feel beautiful, creative and artistic - and all too soon, we fall in love with ‘the other person’ that is belly dance. If we are not careful, it can become all-consuming and can cause damage to our real-life relationships. Over the [...]

By | November 24th, 2014|HomePage, Raksanna's Remarks|Comments Off on How to Manage Your Love Life while Having a Love Affair with Belly Dance

We Did It! Six Years in a Row!

What an honor to be named "Best of Aurora" by the US Commerce Association for six years straight! Thanks to my fantastic team of Ruth, Maria, Karri, Kim and David for making it happen - and a special THANK YOU to all of YOU for believing in us and making the dream come true! Here's the [...]

By | September 19th, 2013|HomePage, Raksanna's Remarks|Comments Off on We Did It! Six Years in a Row!

BRAND NEW: Even MORE classes this Fall

Wow! Our program has really expanded this fall. We've added four new classes and are available in five locations, so now you can shimmy to your heart's content! PLUS Karri and Maria join our faculty, providing you with a team of five extensively trained instructors to give you the best in belly dance instruction available. [...]

By | August 27th, 2013|HomePage|Comments Off on BRAND NEW: Even MORE classes this Fall

Coming to NYC in October! Confessions of a Belly Dancer (C)

I'm so excited and honored to bring Confessions of a Belly Dancer; Secrets of the Hieroglyph © to NYC for the Off Broadway production. The team is very excited, too - it's been a collective dream of ours to go to the performing arts capital of the world and showcase our full-length theatrical show just [...]

By | August 16th, 2013|HomePage, Raksanna's Remarks|Comments Off on Coming to NYC in October! Confessions of a Belly Dancer (C)

Dream … Believe … Achieve

Wow! What an amazing whirlwind of a year. I am so fortunate to be surrounded by some of the most amazing, positive people in the world. This year was certainly an ambitious one. I set out to accomplish a long-standing dream – to write and publish a book about belly dance and the experiences of [...]

By | November 30th, 2012|HomePage, Raksanna's Remarks|Comments Off on Dream … Believe … Achieve

Totally Cool Weekend

Earlier this year, Dee Dee Asad and Little Egypt brought my long-time friend and mentor, Randa Kamel, to Chicago for a workshop weekend and gala show. As usual, the event attracted over 100 dancers from North America – several States, Canada and Mexico were all in attendance. My dance company, Raksanna’s Near East Dance Ensemble, [...]

By | September 6th, 2012|Raksanna's Remarks|Comments Off on Totally Cool Weekend

Authenticity in Belly Dance

February is the month dedicated to love! And for this edition of Raksanna’s Remarks, the focus is on self-love in the form of authenticity. Authenticity is commonly defined as “the quality or condition of being authentic or genuine.” Certainly, being authentic is important in our professional and personal lives … and I believe whole heartedly [...]

By | February 21st, 2012|HomePage, Raksanna's Remarks|Comments Off on Authenticity in Belly Dance