"I enjoyed my first night of class in a very unexpected way...it is a dance that
seems to transform. My whole concept of beauty changed as I watched women feel beautiful because of the new and graceful
way you were teaching us to dance. It was very profound for me. "-A.Y. , Co student 3/05
I have performed for thousands when they found
me exotic, the vogue, daring, but I have danced, at any given time, for about ten people… They were the ones
that left the theater forever different from the way they were when they came in. All of my long, long life, I have
danced for those ten…
-Ruth St. Denis
"Dancing with the body, mind and soul."
is commited to drawing out the best in her students. Her extensive experience in Bellydancing along with her background
in other dance forms and meditative movement, give her an understanding of how to communicate the mechanics
of movement and dance while creating a strong body/mind connection. With a wealth of knowledge to share and
a broad menu of teaching methods to choose from, she is able to tune into what each individual or class needs so
that everyone takes away something of value.
Her teaching emphasizes the importance of all parts of the dance being done
with precision, grace, awareness and feeling, no matter how simple or complex. Her classes help to develop this
over time as well as bring forth a dancer's personal style and expression.
Rafi'ah believes passionately in the power of performing arts and of the Art of Bellydance. She is sincere
in her hope that what she conveys to her students and audiences is inspirational, educational and in some way brings beauty,
joy and balance to their everyday lives.
25 yrs. of experience as professional performing artist
and instructor of Oriental Dance,
Equally competent dancing to
live or recorded music whether dancing improvisationally or a choreography and in a most any venue
including restaurants, night clubs, parties, private events, fairs, festivals, concerts or theatre shows.
Rafi'ah has danced
since childhood with gives her a rich foundation of dance studies to
draw from in her performances and teaching such as Classical Ballet, Modern Dance (Martha Graham technique), tap, ballroom,
and jazz ...
a wide range of meditative movement, healing arts and spiritual practices some of which are:
years of Sufi practices which included breath work, chanting, whirling, percussion and drumming, dance and meditative movement for self growth
Movement ( micro-movements, energetics of movement, healing and meditative movement),
Contemplative studies of Ancient Sanskrit Scriptures and Vedanta
Jin Shin Jhitsu (a healing art using touch and energy balancing
in depth personal/inner exploration through somatic psychology, various types of
meditation and awareness practices
trial and error leading to the discovery of what does and does not
Throughout the years, Rafi'ahs artistry has graced the
stages of national and regional venues, restaurants and night clubs including :
Sahara Night Club, Sorentos Night Club, Ali Babas, Mataam Fez (in Boulder & Colorado Springs), Greektown Cafe', It;s Greek to Me, Mercury Cafe, Casablanca
Moroccan Restaurant, India's Castle, Marrakesh Moroccan Restaurant ...just to name a few...
well as many stage/theatre shows, concerts, festivals, fairs, parties and ethnic events..
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"Thank you for being my teacher. I don't think I've ever told
you how much belly dancing is improving my relationship with my body and myself. I love it and am very grateful for
it."-L.K. (Co dance student)
You are doing incredible
work helping girls with body image issues. I love it and commend you. -Jil (publisher
of Enlightened Woman Magazine)
" You are a perceptive teacher and your holistic way of teaching allows
everyone to learn."...Co student
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