BARRE. DANCE. LIFESTYLE.
Inspiring & Educating Since 2013
Ancient Movements. Modern Wellness.
Soraya is the owner and creator of RAQISA® and the RAQ THE BARRE® program. She brings over 21 years of experience in the fitness industry and a lifetime as a trained belly dancer. In addition to her fitness experience, Soraya drew from her Lebanese American roots, her award winning belly dance style, and her professional (musical) theatrical career to create RAQISA® as an empowering wellness brand providing education and elevation! Soraya is ACE, AFAA, AEA certified and holds a BA from San Jose State University and an MA from San Francisco State University in the Theatre Arts and is SAG Member.
Siri is a 15-year fitness industry veteran and a seasoned international presenter and educator. Besides being a Master Trainer for RAQ THE BARRE®, she is a Content Innovator for Cardio Yoga® and an experienced teacher of numerous formats including Pilates, Step, Kickboxing, and HIIT. Siri’s passion is helping people lead their healthiest, most fabulous lives inside and outside the gym, and helping her fellow fitness instructors to do the same. Outside of the fitness world, Siri is an academic researcher on behavioral science and gender equality based at Harvard University.
Elyse is an ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor, professional dancer and choreographer. Elyse received her B.F.A. in Fine Arts from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and enjoys exploring the bodies potential in herself and her students. As Elyse began her journey in the fitness industry, she was drawn to the RAQISA method and immediately made her fitness debut as Master RAQ THE BARRE®️ Instructor in 2019. Keeping dance close to her heart, Elyse continues to dive into the world of exercise to bring fitness and artistry online and in her live
Joelle is an ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor and an enthusiastic dancer, figure skater, and environmental anthropologist! Joelle has been a dancer since the age of 3, trained in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, contemporary, and belly dance. Joelle finds joy in artistic movement and has a passion for sharing this with others. After being a student of RAQISA® herself, she proudly became a Master Instructor for the RAQ THE BARRE® program in 2019! Joelle looks forward to sharing her joy for movement and helping her students bring strength & grace to their workouts!
Whether you are new to belly dance or a highly skilled professional, the RaqiSa® Starter Kit is a must have! Featuring a unique belly dance teaching mat, balance plate for posture training, fit ball, and resistance band - with digital training video downloads and a full RAQ THE BARRE® workout!