goes beyond the movements. She challenges each individual to finish off those subtleties that
make belly dancing so intriguing. If you get the chance to study with her, I
highly recommend the privledge."
-Casseopia-from "The Liquid Fire Dancer"
<<<<Mentoring in Motion>>>
click here to read about the new comprehensive program to
"Enhance Your Dance-
Body, Mind and Soul"
Rafi'ah combines her expertise in Oriental Dance (bellydance) with aspects from her
background in ballet, modern, jazz, ballroom, theatrical dance, meditative movement and healing arts.
Her workshops, master classes & coaching sessions help
to accelerate learning, refine technique, develop personal style and musicality. She also focusses on ways that
bellydance can be used for healing.
Some of the Workshops Available:
BELLYDANCE MASTER CLASSES- the basics and beyond, new ways to do old moves, innovative
and advanced zil playing, complex dance combinations and choreographies that incorporate traditional and fusion moves. Included
is Rafi'ahs unique technique and serpentine way of moving developed over the years which blends the more traditional styles
of bellydance with flavorings from other dance styles.
|Click for zill workshop info
ZIL DRILLS & PERCUSSIVE MOVES-For all levels and all dance styles. For
anyone who wants to become more proficient, masterful, creative and musical in their zill playing....Be a musician as
well as dancer. To read more click picture......
"I love the exercises we did with rhythm. It was a
great way to learn to listen, hear and express the music."--Co. dance student
RHYTHM AND MUSICALITY-Mastering timing, phrasing, feeling, rhythm identification & expression. Enhances ability to hear
and express changes and nuances in music though games, exercises and short choreographies to different types of Middle
SHAKE, POP & SHIMMY 'TIL YOU DROP-
....explanations and drills of various shimmies, 3/4 walks & vibrations with focus
on arm positioning and posture....adding locks, pops, undulations, layering and drops..You
will leave this class with new shimmy variations and a more relaxed, precise and intricate shimmy!!
|Click for Sword Workshop info
Dramatic Sword Dancing-from Elegance to Power..
Move gracefully while balancing the sword, add slinky arms, an undulating torso, footwork, floorwork, turns, level
changes, interesting shapes and dramatic poses..Learn some of the backbends and "on the head sword spinning" that Rafi'ah is known for. Appropriate
for all dance styles...cabaret, tribal & fusion...
YOUR DANCE ALIVE & Stage presence can
be learned.Find your personal style
and attitude using games, exercises, and improvisations that move us out of familiarity, comfort
zones, habitual patterns and stuck places. Add emotionm depth, excitement, diversity and MAGIC to our dance while developing
greater artistry and expression. Find your inner diva!!!
MEDITATIVE MOVEMENT & Slow Movement Sanctuary- calms the mind, nurtures the
body, and can connect us with the transcendent. Rafi'ah teaches meditative movement and therapeutic dance for centering and self-healing
or to combine with bellydancing. She will often include
some Serpentine Dance Yoga..
SERPENTINE DANCE YOGA-undulations and small
internal movements used in various ways throughout the body, awareness of and work with sensations, feeling tones and
energetics. Slow movement co-ordinated with breathing, various types of meditative movement and some Sufi techniques.
Breaks up rigidity, relieves muscular tension, improves ability to refine technique creating
more grace, fluidity, stamina, and a more
sensitive mind/body connection.
"I was able
to tune into the different energies going on. When we did downs with eyes closed, I could actually feel my energy going
down and connecting with the earth. When we did ups, I could feel the kundalini energy stirring in my pelvis.
And the figure 8 was something beyond words!- Barbara ( dance student-Co.)
Contact Rafi'ah to set up a workshop, weekend retreat, private
coaching or mentoring session
or choreography designed to meet your needs.
Comments about workshops:
"Thank you for the wonderful emails and hand outs
that you have given us! They are very helpful."
"Just what the doctor ordered!
It was most inspiring and I look forward to coming to another one of your workshops in the future."- ( Colorado workshop
"You and your classes are magical."-Barbara ( Co.dance student)
"You are a sensual, expert dancer and
a wonderful teacher. I learned more in six weeks with you than I thought
I could." - M. (Co. student)
"It was a terrific workshop. We
all loved your warm spiritual approach."- Sherry
choreographies designed for soloists, groups and troups
...created for your venue, vision, dance skill
or dance style (traditional, classical oriental, fusion, theatrical).
existing choreographies available for performances
or teaching ..
Atlas. (Modern Egyptian style music, precise rhythmic footwork and beautiful floating silk veils in innovative
patterns...currently designed for 3-5 dancers)
***Ojos Asi-Shakira- (English shorter version
and longer Spanish version- a dynamic mix of Bellydance and Latin-Flamenco flavored
fusion movements (for soloists or group)
***"Hips Don't Lie" by Shakira-(lively playfully flirtatious dance.
Quick moving blend
of bellydance and latin moves and lots of fun. Has been performed by Parker Shimmies.)
***Sea Nymph Veil Duet to music by Jesse Cook (a lovely choreographic colaboration by Rafi'ah and Kelli Shafer of Lumina Fire Dancers)
***"I Put a Spell on You"-Natasha
-(group dance, trancy and spellbinding)..
***Cane Dance-well loved by all. Choreographed by Rafi'ah, Shelagh & Sahara. For minimum of
***Sahra Saidi -Gamal Gommaa
(Precision Drum Choreography--precision innovative drum piece for 3
or more dancers. Has been performed by Darbouka Divas..
***Talikek-Hakim (edited version, lively & fun
Has been performed by the Foothills Foxes)
***Evil Mermaid Suite--(Theatrical storydance...evil sea sirens with silk veils with a story line..various songs edited and
mixed by Rafi'ah...Performed by Rafi'ah & Mona Souad)
***Halloween Gothic Styled Theatrical
"Thirst" Vampire Dance (performed by Rafi'ah, Zamira & Heather
at Dnote Topsy
Turvy Halloween Show
An Evening in Transylvania Vampire Suite--
11 minute story dance to music
of Nox Arcana performed by cast of 6 at Dance Macabre
Sirens Orientale Mermaid Dance--an exquisite fantasy
dance with a mermaid undersea theme...beautiful music, colors,
choreography and dancers.
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