Amira is an accomplished Oriental dancer. Her credits include movie parts, member of an award-winning troupe and a recognized soloist. She is known for her technical precision, authenticity and airy style. She is a member of Raksanna’s Desert Flames.
Catherine started to take belly dance lessons in her 30’s and has been obsessed ever since (that would be nearly 30 years of dance insanity). This obsession with dancing eventually turned into a deep fondness and appreciation for Egyptian style with Balady Style becoming the most pleasurable of all for Catherine. Her love of Middle Eastern music and culture led to frequent trips to Egypt to study and watch dancing, which is an on-going pursuit and lifelong passion.
At a very early age Cora officially broke into the music industry as a radio DJ on St. Louis’s legendary radio station, KDHX 88.1 FM, spinning world & experimental music. Simultaneously she was beginning training as a classical Egyptian bellydancer.Camille began her study of classical Egyptian and Lebanese dance under the instruction of Diana Wolf of Simone’s Seventh Veil when she was a teenager. Never letting go of her passion for belly dancing, she has continued to perform, teach and study. These pursuits have led her literally around the world to many parts of Europe, Asia, Egypt, and the USA. In 2003, Camille attained a masters degree in history, and she has used her research and study of middle eastern dance, history, culture, and music to enrich her understanding of the traditional art forms from which she is inspired. Camille composes original music, sings, plays oud and belly dances for her performances. Her art fuses the ancient with the modern in her musical composition, dance style and presentation. She works as a solo artist for some performances, and she also collaborates with club DJ’s and her band Final Veil.
Jackie started dancing with Raksanna about 3 years ago and became part of Raksanna’s Desert Flames a little over a year ago. She is an avid athlete and pursues her work with the Raksanna’s Near East Dance Ensemble as a team sport! She is very excited and honored to be a part of this project with Momo Kadous and Raksanna.
Kim holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Dance & Theater from the University of North Texas. She performed Perfectly Frank at Dallas Repertory Theater and Artistic License at the Bailiwick Director’s Festival in Chicago. Other favorite roles include 3rd Actress,The Dining Room; Mavis Johnson, The Rimers of Eldritch; and Sophia, The Star Spangled Girl.
Nan’s “day job” is as a research scientist/chemical engineer, however her passion is dancing. Nan is a versatile dancer. As a youth she was trained in ballet, Thai dance, and music. She both performed and choreographed for the stage from a young age both as a soloist and in groups. She started belly dance in 2007 and fell in love with it. She is a member of Raksanna’s Desert Flames.
Rebecca Dharma is a professional Oriental dance artist currently residing in her hometown of Kansas City, MO. She is also the newest member of Raksanna’s award winning dance company, Raksanna’s Desert Flames. Her training in Oriental dance began a decade ago and has taken her around the world, including Egypt, to study with some of the most highly respected and sought-after dance instructors this art has to offer. She is greatly fascinated with world folk dances and feels strongly that a greater understanding and tolerance of world cultures comes directly through the appreciation of that culture’s music and dance.
Sabrina has performed for the Royal Families of the Middle East and headlined in nightclubs and restaurants of Los Angeles, California. She has worked with the top Middle Eastern musicians in the USA including nightly shows with Issam Houshan, Gamal Goma, Amir Sofi, Mohamed Salem, and John Bilezikjian. Sabrina performs in concert with internationally renowned bands such as Stellamara, Middle Earth Ensemble, is a featured belly dance performer and instructor on The Flying Carpet TV, and was a member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG),= while based in Los Angeles. She is the author of the international best seller Energy and Extension for Belly Dancers training mediation CD and the acclaimed costuming manual Build A Better Bra. Sabrina tours both nationally and internationally, presenting specialty belly dance workshops and performing in gala shows. Sabrina taught belly dance at Cuyamaca College and is currently the instructor of group and private belly dance classes in her multiple studio spaces throughout San Diego.
Susan has been belly dancing since 2001, and has been dancing with Raksanna since 2004. Her philosophy is that learning oriental dance is a complicated experience and takes a long time to master. She sees herself as still being on that road and views dancing as one of the ways she keeps fit and healthy.
Vanesa Culasso is an award-winning Oriental dancer and choreographer. Her accomplishments include winning numerous belly dance competitions, including “Best Choreographer” in the Belly Dance fusion category, as well as performing with Mario Kirlis and the Al-Kamar orchestra. Vanesa’s passion for dance inspired her to move to the United States in search of a better dance career. To that end, she is the recipient of the highly sought after dance scholarship at College of Lake County. Her choreography work was showcased at the college’s recent 13th/14th Fear No Art. She is a current member of Raksanna’s Near East Dance Ensemble as a member of Raksanna’s Desert Flames.
Steve is a Point of Sales Analyst for a Fortune 500 company who was asked to join the Confessions cast partially because of his own inspiring confession: “When I graduated high school, I was about 275 pounds, and I’ve weighed as much as 321 before turning over a new leaf. I’m currently in the 220’s and dropping due to a combination of healthy eating and exercising that I plan to continue for the rest of my life. While I do take care of myself, I’m no saint. A favorite quote of mine is “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming ‘Wow! What a Ride!’ (Hunter S. Thompson)
Steve is known for his sharp wit and his annual pilgrimage to Lollapalooza every year. He is also an avid skier.