BARRE. DANCE. LIFESTYLE.
Inspiring & Educating Since 2013
Inspired by the beauty & artistry of authentic ancient Middle Eastern movements known to the West as Belly Dance, our brand brings to everyday life her heart, her music, and her body loving Mediterranean mindset; we are RAQISA®. Begin by learning to incorporate into your everyday wellness the essential root movements and deepen your understanding of your core muscles, with proper posture & alignment! Bring joyful dance to your life with original RAQISA® choreography and enjoy our authentic Lebanese nutritious family gathering recipes!
RAQ THE BARRE®, by RAQISA® is the nationally accredited barre fitness • belly dance technique training method. Experience essential belly dance fundamentals seamlessly merged into a fierce full body barre workout! Our barre fitness program bridges the best in exercise safety & science with ancient movements! Match barre strength with oriental dance grace and improve your alignment, core strength, flexibility, and muscle balance! RAQ THE BARRE® is a fun, approachable method enjoyed by both dancers & fitness enthusiasts across the globe! Train or Teach with us! The RAQ THE BARRE® Instructor Program Is an Approved CEU Provider: 0.8 ACE | 8 AFAA
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.
Rebeccah is an ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor, professional dancer and choreographer. Rebeccah 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 Rebeccah 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, Rebeccah continues to dive into the world of exercise to bring fitness and artistry online and in her live classes!
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! Dance professionals love using our custom teaching mat and balance plate to introduce belly dance basics to their students and new students of belly dance are set up for success with our clear step by step instructions & practice drills! Begin your Raq The Barre® practice with our at home 55 Minute workout! Included in your bundle: Custom RaqiSa® Mat, Balance Plate, Fit Ball & Band, and Digital Downloads!
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