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Student Dance Companies

The Raqqesat companies are Sahara Dance student companies specializing in preparing students for the stage. There are two types of Raqqesat companies: Egyptian-inspired belly dance companies and specialty companies. The Egyptian-inspired companies are named after famous Golden Age belly dancers, and are designed for students of raqs sharqi. We chose to honor these influential dancers to help students connect with the dance and gain a deeper understanding of the history and evolution of belly dance. The specialty Raqqesat companies are named for style-specific dances. Members train in a specialized branch of belly dance, such as fusion, Lebanese, and folkloric.

Raqqesat Badia Company

Level: Beginner I/II
Style: Raqs Sharqi
Completion Requirement(s): 32 weeks of Beginner I or Beginner I/II Technique class
Simultaneous Requirement(s): Sahara Dance Beginner I/II or Beginner II Technique class or above
Other Requirement(s): None
Status: Active

Raqqesat Samia Company

Level: Beginner II/Low Intermediate
Style: Raqs Sharqi
Completion Requirement(s): Beginner II Technique class
Simultaneous Requirement(s): Sahara Dance Low Intermediate Technique class or above
Other Requirement(s): None
Status: Active

Raqqesat Arabi Company

Level: Low Intermediate
Style: Folklore
Completion Requirement(s): Sahara Dance Low Intermediate class
Simultaneous Requirement(s): any Sahara Dance Low Intermediate Technique class or above
Other Requirement(s): None
Status: Active

Raqqesat Indigo Company

Level: Low Intermediate
Style: Fusion
Completion Requirement(s): Sahara Dance Low Intermediate Technique class or above
Simultaneous Requirement(s): Low Intermediate Fusion Combos Class
Other Requirement(s): None
Status: Active

Raqqesat Kitty Company

Level: Intermediate
Style: Raqs Sharqi
Completion Requirement(s): Sahara Dance Intermediate Technique class
Simultaneous Requirement(s): Sahara Dance Intermediate Technique class or above
Other Requirement(s): Permission of Company Director
Status: Active

Raqqesat Nadia Company

Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Style: Raqs Sharqi
Completion Requirement(s): Sahara Dance Intermediate/Advanced Technique class
Simultaneous Requirement(s): Sahara Dance Intermediate/Advanced Technique class or above
Other Requirement(s): Permission of Company Director
Status: Active

Raqqesat Naima Company

Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Style: Raqs Sharqi
Completion Requirement(s): Previous completion of Sahara Dance Intermediate/Advanced Technique class
Simultaneous Requirement(s): Sahara Dance Intermediate/Advanced Technique class or above
Other Requirement(s): Permission of Company Director
Status: Active

Raqs Caravan East Company

Raqs Caravan East is a Sahara Dance student company specializing in raqs sharqi for stage. Students learn ensemble choreographies for performances at student shows, community events and in other educational environments.
Level: Advanced
Style: Raqs Sharqi
Completion Requirement(s): Sahara Dance Advanced Technique class (or equivalent as assessed by directors)
Simultaneous Requirement(s): Sahara Dance Advanced Technique class with minimum 80% live attendance required
Other Requirement(s): Invitation Only by Company Directors
Attendance of biweekly rehearsals required.
Status: Active

Professional Dance Companies

Raqs Sahara Company

The award-winning Raqs Sahara is the featured dance company at all Sahara Dance productions. Raqs Sahara performs regularly throughout the DC metro area at private parties, weddings and festivals.
Level: Advanced/Professional
Style: Raqs Sharqi
Completion Requirement(s): None
Simultaneous Requirement(s): None
Other Requirement(s): By invitation
Status: Active

Al Fanaanat Project

Level: Advanced/Professional
Style: Raqs Sharqi
Completion Requirement(s): None
Simultaneous Requirement(s): None
Other Requirement(s): By audition.
Mandatory attendance of coached reherasals, if audition is selected for the performance project.
Status: Active

Performance Classes

Beginner I Performance

Designed for students who are currently taking (or have completed) Sahara Dance Beginner I technique and wish to practice an ensemble dance for stage performance. Master a beginner choreography, which draws upon the Sahara Dance Beginner I curriculum. Ideal for students wanting to experience the exhilaration, artistry, and camaraderie of group performance and hone their foundational dance technique.
Level: Beginner I
Style: Raqs Sharqi
Completion Requirement(s): None
Simultaneous Requirement(s): Any Sahara Dance Beginner I or Beginner I/II Technique class or above
Other Requirement(s): None
Status: Active

Bollywood Performance

Level: Beginner/Low Intermediate
Style: Bollywood
Completion Requirement(s): None
Simultaneous Requirement(s): Any Sahara Dance 16-week Technique class
Other Requirement(s): None
Status: Active

Baladi Performance

Level: Low Intermediate
Style: Baladi
Completion Requirement(s): Sahara Dance Low Intermediate Technique class
Simultaneous Requirement(s): Sahara Dance Low Intermediate Technique class or above
Other Requirement(s): None
Status: Active

Belly Dance Fusion Performance

Level: Low Intermediate
Style: Fusion
Completion Requirement(s): None
Simultaneous Requirement(s): Sahara Dance Belly Dance Fusion Technique Class
Other Requirement(s): None
Status: Active