Thursday, September 15, 2016



Belly Dancing Healed Me
Can belly dancing heal? In 2006, Raqia Reich fell into a deep depression following the diagnosis of an illness and was pulled out by the inspiring dance. The mixture of femininity, strength, spirituality, and expression of the soul helped me love and empower myself again.”
By Brigid Morrissey- Today's Woman Magazine 2016



Raqia performed at Worldfest 2015  You can see her there this year on September 2, 5pm at
Fountain Stage located at the Belvedere.  



There has to be something to belly dancing if the human race has been practicing the art form for 5,000 years. Believed to be the oldest form of dance, belly dancing primarily consists of isolated movements in the torso and hips, rather than the limbs. As Raqia elegantly puts it, “Belly dance is a connection of body and soul, movement from the heart.” Additionally, she says, the dance helps clear the mind and allows one to let go of stress, creates feelings of empowerment, relaxation, creativity, and increases self esteem and happiness. The mental benefits aren’t the only reward. Physically, the dance increases muscle tone and flexibility, and the low impact of the movements are gentle on the back and joints. “The movements are natural to a woman’s body. Belly dance is for all women, all ages, and all body sizes.”

Belly dancing is also for residents in regions all over the globe. Raqia was born in Chicago, Illinois, but her parents are from Puerto Rico. As a child, living in a loving, bilingual household provided many traveling experiences, exposing Raqia to diverse cultures and art. And now, thanks to family living in the area, she is using her past to connect with all of us. We can submit ourselves to the dance with her studio in downtown New Albany, Raqia Belly Dance.

After extensive training with local and internationally known dancers, Raqia was presented with an opportunity to both perform and offer non-credit classes for students at IUS. Her instruction also included teaching JCPS Lifelong Adult Learning classes, which eventually evolved into independent belly dance workshops and classes. “The studio has provided me the opportunity to find my own strength, pay it forward, and share this gift of belly dance. I am blessed with the opportunity to meet and dance with ladies from all walks of life — all looking for a bit of fun, release of spirit, and connection with other ladies.” This short clip shows Raqia doing a few belly dancing moves at her studio.

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 Monday, December  5 , 2016
  
8th Annual Raq'n Around the Christmas Tree at The Grand!!
 As always this will be a fabulous and unique evening!! to benefit children's Christmas!!
 This annual benefit will include amazing Taste of New Albany (local food & spirits tastings), fabulous World Entertainment!! Il Troubadore , Raqia Belly Dance/The Studio , Al Hamsa ,
great holiday auction gifts and more...
  *Additional info or toys donations 812 989-0821
Cost of Event!
(1) One New Toy and $10 donation per person!
The perfect way to kick-start the holiday season!
 

Raqia Veil Dancing



 
New!! Wednesday Begineers Belly Dance with Raqia
New Class!! Walk In's Welcome!! On-Going Session!!Raqia Belly Dance/The Studio 812 989-0821
New Wednesday Beginners Belly Dance Class with Raqia!!
(Basic Moves/ Veil Moves/ Choreography)...

Wednesday's
6:00-7:00pm
$15 per class / $50- 4 class package
Walk In's Welcome!
additional info contact Raqia /812 989-0821
No previous belly dance experience necessary!
Looking forward to dancing with you !

Symbol of Eternity- Dance with Raqia



New!! Wednesday Begineers Belly Dance with Raqia
New Class!! Walk In's Welcome!! On-Going Session!Raqia Belly Dance/The Studio 812 989-0821
New Wednesday Beginners Belly Dance Class with Raqia!
  (Basic Moves/ Veil Moves/ Choreography)...

Wednesday's
6:00-7:00pm
$15 per class / $50- 4 class package
Walk In's Welcome!
additional info contact Raqia /812 989-0821
No previous belly dance experience necessary!
Looking forward to dancing with you!

Monday, May 2, 2016

No Classes Derby Week!

 
No Studio Classes at Raqia Belly Dance/The Studio!!
Tuesday May 3 through Saturday May 7 2016!
See you all next week !!
Have a Happy and Safe Derby!!!
Additional Info 812 989-0821


Tuesday, April 12, 2016

2016 Beautiful New Arrivals ! 
Derby Season Upon Us! Studio Pretties Must Haves!
Raqia Belly Dance/The Studio  Boutique
  Studio Pretties - Come check them out!!
Studio Boutique Now Open by Appointment!! 812 989-0821
 
 
 



Lets Do it Again!! Save the Date!!
Come Out and Join Us!!!
3rd Annual Motorcycle Poker Run/Ride for Children's Christmas
Ride for Children's Christmas
Saturday- August 27, 2016 (Rain or Shine)...
Registration at Pastime Grill & Pub, New Albany
10am-Kickstands up at 12pm/
Cost: $20 per Bike and a New Toy Donations/ Fun, Fun!

2014 & 2015 Pictures!! Check it Out!! Click on link to view pictures
Ride for Kids Infected & Affected by HIV & AIDS
We look forward to 2016 Ride for Children's Christmas Poker Run Please Spread the Word
 Save the Date!
Saturday, August 27 More details to follow...