Sahara Dance

Dance Companies

Raqs Caravan West

Participation in the student companies is for advanced students with the goal of developing performance technique, stage personality, ensemble dance experience and enjoying the camaraderie of dancing together.

Raqs Caravan dancers progress toward artistic, charismatic, musical dance performance while building a strong foundation of sophisticated dance technique. The Raqs Caravan mission is to create joy and beauty while fostering the growth of individual dancers.

Raqs Caravan West

Raqs Caravan West is a student performance company which combines tribal and fusion belly dance with inspiration from a variety of western dance forms and the tribal cultures of the Middle East. Dancers blend a modern aesthetic with the camaraderie that is the hallmark of tribal style. Their signature performances are unchoreographed; their pieces organically unfold as different members of the "tribe" rotate leadership to share in the spontaneous creation of each dance. Structured improvisation breathes life into each performance, and no two pieces are ever the same.

Unlike Middle Eastern folkloric styles, tribal style belly dance does not represent any specific culture or region. True to the American melting pot fashion, tribal dance and costume imaginatively mix the vocabulary of many Eastern and Western traditions.

Directed by Ami and Elysa.

Raqs Caravan West, and sister companies Raqs Caravan East and Raqs Caravan Folklore, are featured at three productions annually: the Under a Desert Moon Annual Gala, the Sahara Dance Carnival and the Sahara Dance Winter Caravan. Raqs Caravan companies perform regularly at numerous community and educational events throughout the year.

Prerequisite: Completion of Tribal Technique, concurrent enrollment in a technique class and permission of director.

Recent Performances
Washington Mystics half-time show
Verizon Center, Washington, DC - July 2010
Summer Solstice Hafla
Huntingtown, MD - May 2010
Spirit of the Tribes
Ft. Lauderdale, FL - May 2010
Asian Heritage Festival
Washington, DC - May 2010
Adventure Travel Expo
Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC - March 2010
Visions in Feminism Conference Collective (Art/Dance Benefit)
Jackie's Restaurant, Silver Spring, MD - March 2010
Sahara Dance Raqs Caravan Showcase
Woodward Theater at Calvary Baptist Church, Washington, DC - January 2010
DCTribal Student Show
The Jack Guidone Theatre, Washington, DC - January 2010
The Nutcracker Sweet & Spicy
James Lee Community Centre Theatre, Falls Church, VA - December 2009
31st Annual Adams Morgan Day Festival
Washington, DC - September 2009
Sahara Dance Caravan - Exploring the Evolution of Belly Dance
Greenberg Theatre, Washington, DC - August 2009
Artomatic 10th Anniversary
Washington, DC - June 2009
7th Annual "Under a Desert Moon"
Greenberg Theatre, Washington, DC - May 2009
Adventure Travel Expo
Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC - February 2009
NBC 4 Health and Fitness Expo
Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC - January 2009
Rakkasah East
Somerset, NJ - October 2008
Sahara Dance Summer Student Showcase
Casablanca Restaurant, Alexandria, VA - August 2008
6th Annual "Under a Desert Moon"
Greenberg Theatre, Washington, DC - May 2008
Adventure Travel Expo
Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC - March 2008
dcTribal 2nd Annual Student Show
Jack Guidone Theater, Washington, DC - January 2008
NBC 4 Health and Fitness Expo
Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC - January 2008
NBC4 Health & Fitness Expo
Washington Convention Center - January, 2007
Student Showcase
Alexandria, VA - December, 2006
NBC4 Connected Expo
Washington Convention Center - September, 2006
Arabian Nights
Colony South - September, 2006
Student Showcase
July, 2006
Howard University Hospital Health Fair
Reaves Center - June, 2006
Under A Desert Moon
American University's Greenberg Theater - May, 2006
Spirit of the Tribes
Ft. Lauderdale, FL - April, 2006
UNMATA
Casablanca, Alexandria, VA - March, 2006
Student Showcase
December, 2005
Rakkasah East
Somerset, NJ - 2005
Spirit of the Tribes
Fort Lauderdale, FL - 2005
The Fire of the Soul Tour
Casablanca, Alexandria, VA - 2005
Arabian Nights
Colony South - 2005
Raqs Caravan Fall Showcase
Flashpoint - 2004
Rakkasah East
Somerset NJ - 2004
"The Belly Dance Show" on Fairfax Public Access TV
September, 2004
Sahara Dance Street Dance
September, 2004
Lands and Cultures Festival
Malcom X Park - September, 2004
Sahara Dance Student Showcase
Flashpoint Theatre Lab - August, 2004
Under a Desert Moon
American University's Greenberg Theatre - May, 2004
George Washington University
The Mediterranean Cafe and Sahara Dance Opening Gala 2004
The Black Cat
Spirit of the Tribes
Fort Lauderdale, FL, 2004
The Belly Dance Benefit Show at Georgetown University
The Anne C. Fisher Gallery
DC Jewish Community Center
Under a Desert Sky
The Jack Guidone Theater, May 2003
Rakkasah East
Somerset NJ, 2003