The award-winning Raqs Sahara is the featured dance company at all Sahara Dance productions. Raqs Sahara performs regularly throughout the DC metro area at private parties, weddings and festivals, including Artscape Baltimore and the Penglai D.C. Cultural Festival.
Sahara Tribal, an Organic Dance Experiment, is an evolving artistic project aimed at rekindling the spirit of Organic Dance (the creative origins of Sahara Dance). Participants work collaboratively to create pieces in the genres of American tribal belly dance, folkloric fusions and experimental dance.
Raqs Caravan East is a Sahara Dance student company specializing in raqs sharqi for stage. Students learn ensemble choreographies for performances at student shows, community events and in other educational environments.
Raqs Caravan West is a Sahara Dance student company specializing in American tribal belly dance for stage. Students learn to improvise in structured groups for performances at student shows, community events and in other educational environments.
Raqs Caravan Folklore is a Sahara Dance student company specializing in Arab folkloric dances for stage. Students learn ensemble choreographies for performances at student shows, community events and in other educational environments. Dancers place a special focus on developing an authentic, expansive and joyful repertoire.
Raqs Caravan Urban is an advanced level Sahara Dance student company dedicated to learning the fundamentals of urban fusion belly dance for stage. Specific attention is given to merging traditional belly dance technique with modern urban and retro funk styles (popping and locking).
The Raquettes companies are new Sahara Dance student companies specializing in preparing students for the stage. There are two types of Raquettes companies: Egyptian-inspired belly dance companies and specialty companies. The Egyptian-inspired companies are named after famous Golden Age belly dancers, and are designed for students of raqs sharqi. We chose to honor these influential dancers to help students connect with the dance and gain a deeper understanding of the history and evolution of belly dance. The specialty Raquettes companies are named for style-specific dances. Members train in a specialized branch of belly dance, such as tribal, urban, and folkloric.