Topic: Belly Dance: Past, Present, and Future

Performing artist. Choreographer. Author. Director. Educator. These are only a few reasons Raksanna is known and loved all over the world. With a rich background in Oriental and Egyptian folklore dance, Raksanna is internationally recognized for her authentic, powerful and exciting style. A regularly featured instructor and performer across the globe, her vast experience spans North America, Europe and the Middle East.  She travels to Egypt twice a year to continue her training with the world’s most respected artists; in fact, she just returned from her 25th trip to the birthplace of belly dance.

Raksanna directs Raksanna’s Desert Flames, an award-winning, touring dance company and teaches on-going classes in Chicago. Her credits include producing Confessions of a Belly Dancer ™, a full-length touring theatrical show with shows in Off-Broadway NYC, Chicago, Kansas City and Detroit, and publishing five corresponding books in the series (www.lulu.com/raksanna). She recently collaborated with world-renown composer Yassir Jimal to produce her first CD album, Mirage, featuring brand new music for belly dancers. For more information, please visit www.raksanna.com.