THE DESERT FLAMES
FROM OUR DIRECTOR/PRODUCER
We started this journey with innocent eyes, a wonderful nativity and a passion to produce something great – something that would elevate our art form and give voice to dancers around the world so they could share their stories and be heard.
We achieved our goal, and much, much more. We’ve left a noteworthy mark on the history of belly dance in America – producing five full-length major theatrical productions and publishing five tangible books. We won over audiences in Off Broadway NYC, Chicago, Detroit and Kansas City. We’ve opened the minds of people across the nation who had preconceived notions of what belly dance is. We’ve left ourselves vulnerable in the pages of these books and on the stage. We claimed our space, made no apologies, bared our souls and created art.
When Confessions first started so many years ago, there was no way I could have ever imagined the personal, professional and artistic transformation on the horizon. It’s truly been an indescribable whirlwind of the entire spectrum of the human experience. In all honesty, it is hard to comprehend and process.
Like the caterpillar that climbs into her cocoon, then goes through metamorphosis and breaks out as a beautiful butterfly, every person who has been involved in this once-in-a-lifetime experience has fundamentally transformed. The women involved bear testament that it is indeed possible to dream, believe and achieve.
RAKSANNA // Producer/Director
Raksanna’s Egyptian soul shines through her authentic, original style.
She dances like an Egyptian woman. Keep your eye on this rising Oriental star!
There is something uniquely special about Raksanna. She understands the depth and complexity of Middle Eastern music; it is apparent in her choreography, performances and teaching. She is a true artist, one of the most talented dancers, choreographers and teachers today. I consider her a colleague.
An inspiring artist, a powerful performer and an outstanding teacher … Raksanna masterfully brings the music to life through dance with authenticity and excellence.