Introducing Raqia Hassan
Master teacher and choreographer Raqia Hassan will be teaching a 3-day dance workshop in the San Francisco bay area. Come learn the feeling of Oriental dance from the most famous and most accomplished oriental dance teacher and the producer of "Ahlan Wa Sahlan" dance festival of Cairo, Egypt. We are very fortunate to have such a dance legend come to us from Egypt. This is her only stop in the Western United States. She will be sharing her wealth of knowledge in Oriental dance and giving us her signature "Raqia technique" and choreographies, a landmark of Egyptian dance.
Raqia Hassan is the founder and producer of "Ahlan wa Sahlan", the largest dance festival in Cairo, Egypt. Raqia started dancing at the age of 4. She joined the most esteemed "Reda Troupe" of Egypt at the young age of 16. One year later she became one of the first principal solo dancers with them, an honor achieved by very few dancers. The "Reda Troupe" was the first Egyptian dance company to record Egyptian folk songs and dances and perform them on stage. They became world famous with many followers. Their work has shaped and influenced what is known today as Oriental Dance (Raks Sharki). Later on, Raqia started teaching "Oriental Dance" on her own because that's her true passion and first love.
In this workshop, Raqia will teach her very unique techniques
of Egyptian dance, the subtle "Raqia touches", and her signature captivating
choreographies and combinations.
Raqia is the most famous choreographer in Oriental Egyptian dance. She has her own very unique "Raqia technique" that she currently teaches in her videos and in her dance workshops all over the world. Raqia's teaching style is top notch. She is friendly, professional and patient. She knows just what she is aiming for and is very clear in her explanations. She always has something new in her thrilling choreographies, and her teaching skills are top class.
As a dancer, Raqia is absolutely phenomenal. When she dances, one can tell that she loves it. She is expressive, relaxed, confident, sassy, flirty and sensual.
Raqia Hassan is the top oriental dance teacher and choreographer in Egypt and the world today. She travels most of the year around the globe for workshops, and has been training most of the Egyptian star dancers, as well as international top dancers. She always has something new in her thrilling choreographies, and her teaching skills are top class.
Almost behind every successful Egyptian style dancer is the name "Raqia Hassan". Madame Raqia has trained Azza Sharif, Mona el Said, Nani, Nelly Fouad, Dina, Amani, Sorraya, Dandash, Randa Kamal, not to mention countless other dancers in Egypt and all over the world. She is constantly in demand giving workshops in various parts of the world, and is the producer of the highly sought after Raqia Hassan technique videos.
"You can't beat Raqia Hassan herself for technique - or for energy. She layers movements in a way that makes them look new"
Latifa of Severna Park, MD
"Run! Don't walk to her workshop if Raqia ever comes to a
town close to you. Raqia's teaching style is top notch. She is friendly, professional
and patient. She knows just what she is aiming for and is very clear in her
explanations. She is sure to demonstrate and repeat movements on both sides
of the room so everyone can see her as well as repeating the movement (and choreography)
on both sides of the body. She gives ample attention to everyone and helps her
students. She wanted to make sure all her students understood and were enjoying
themselves as well as working hard and learning new things.
As a dancer, she is absolutely phenomenal, and she worked just as hard as we did, dancing the piece with us all the way through every single time. When she dances, one can tell that she loves it. She is an expressive, relaxed, confident, sassy, flirty and sensual dancer. I enjoyed watching her as much as I enjoyed learning from her"
Shanna of San Francisco bay area, CA
"As I started seeing more dancers in Cairo, I wanted to know
where they had learnt, who had taught them. Again and again, one name came up:
Raqia Hassan. She works you hard yet you have great fun at the same time."
Farida of England