Raqs Sharqi (pronounced Raks-Shark-i) is an Arabic word meaning ‘Dance of our Country’.
Raqs Sharqi Dance Company (RSDC) is directed by a ‘Sisterhood of Dancers’ – Owner and Principal, Anne Knowles (Alhena) alongside her students Ali, Angela, Meisie, Micah and Nadia, who have become teachers.
Anne, Ali, Angela, Micah and Nadia teach classes in the Pietermaritzburg & Howick area of KwaZulu-Natal. Meisie is currently moving from Pietermaritzburg to Orania, Northern Cape where she will offer classes.
To uphold good ethics, preserve dance fellowships & maintain a high standard of Middle Eastern and Fusion Dance.
Irrespective of which teacher a student dances under, all RSDC dancers are encouraged to see themselves as part of a ‘family’ & to participate and interact as such.
Middle Eastern Dance Styles taught by RSDC
- Classical Egyptian
- Egyptian Folkloric (Saidi)
- Turkish Gypsy
- Finger Cymbals
- Modern Egyptian Shaabi
- Persian (Khaleegee)
- American Cabaret & Modern Bellydance
- Isis Wings
- Tribal & Fusion Bellydance