Raksanna is internationally recognized and respected as an Oriental dancer, educator, choreographer, producer and director. Her vast performing and teaching experience spans the world including the United States, Canada, Austria, Germany, Belgium, Great Britain, Ireland, Scotland, France, Egypt and Israel. She has dedicated her life to promoting this artform with elegance, sophistication, and beauty. While her repertoire is broad and includes a wide variety of styles in the oriental dance, Raksanna’s heart especially beats for classical and modern Egyptian Raks Sharqi.
Raksanna’s style is characterized by her passion, elegance, and ability to bring the emotionality of Egyptian expression to the stage. Her professional dance background is based on numerous years of training, including twice a year trips to Egypt to study, train and develop under the best dancers, teachers, choreographers, and musicians, and immerse herself in the culture. As of 2022, she has stayed in Egypt more than 45 times and considers Egypt her second country.
Raksanna has written, directed, and produced numerous full-length theatrical shows, including Confessions of a Belly Dancer (with tour stops Off Broadway, NYC, Detroit, Chicago, Kansas City), and The Fourth Pyramid: The Lift and Legacy of Om Kalthoum. Her most recent production, When Women Ruled the World: Journey thru Egypt, was co-directed with Bailey MacRae. She collaborated with world-renown composer Yassir Jimal to produce her first CD album, Mirage, featuring brand new, original music for belly dancers. Plus, Raksanna has authored and published six books on belly dance.
Raksanna shares her deep love for the dance and her profound knowledge with great enthusiasm and humor with her students – in workshops at home and abroad, and in weekly classes, where she is an artist in residence at the Eola Community Center in Aurora, IL. She is the director of her ensemble, Raksanna’s Dance Ensemble which includes Raksanna’s Near East Dance Ensemble (NEDE) and Raksanna’s Desert Flames, her professional dance troupe. These teams showcase Raksanna’s award-winning and extraordinary choreography and is featured in festivals across the United States.
In her corporate life, Raksanna is an executive at a Fortune 100 company. She holds a Master of Science in Management (concentration: International Marketing), a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and a Bachelors of Science in Social Sciences. She is the recipient of a grant from the National Endowment of Humanities and graduated from her undergrad and graduate studies with honors and was named on the President’s List.