Raksanna (USA)

One of the most versatile oriental dance artists today, Raksanna is known for her entertaining, dynamic and powerful Egyptian style dance featuring veil, zil work, stick (raqs al-assaya), Melaya and Saidi/Beledi folkloric dances.  In addition, her creative works have showcased sword work as well as a unique blend of Middle Eastern dance with contemporary American music.

Each piece Raksanna creates and performs looks and feels dramatically different, while capturing the beautiful essence of Oriental dance. She is a popular workshop presenter and is a frequent instructor and performer at the world renown Ahlan Wa Salan festival in Cairo, Egypt.   In addition to teaching, Raksanna is the artistic director of The Desert Flames, and The Near East Dance Ensemble which performs a large variety of traditional and modern choreographies.  Confessions of a Belly Dancer © is a dream in the making staring an international cast: Egypt, Germany, Scotland, Thailand, Canada, Mexico, Argentina and the following states of California, Illinois, Ohio, Missouri and Texas.

Momo Kadous (Egypt / Germany)

Momo Kadous was born in El Mahalla, Nile Delta, near the center of the Ghawazee “Sumbat” where he studied dance, drama, choreography, tabla and regie since his early youth. As choreographer of the national folklore group ” El Mahalla Lel Fenoun El Shabeyah” he experienced great success during his performances in Egyptian theaters and throughout many Arabian Countries.

In addition, Momo Kadous is an experienced actor and dancer and has worked in various cinema and televisions productions in his native country. In 1997, the dance community was treated to one of the highlights of his artistic inspiration, “ZARO, A drama on Love and Possessedness“.  “ZARO” premiered at the Art Oriental ’97 Festival in Frankfurt and was performed throughout Germany during 1998. The success of “ZARO” is regarded worldwide as a real breakthrough in dance theater and an inspiration for art into the 21st century!  Momo Kadous is known and respected as an institution of art not only in European and Arab countries but worldwide. 

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