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BELLY DANCE BARRE TRAINING METHOD!
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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 16-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!
"Strength, Grace, Heart and Soul! RAQ THE BARRE® weaves it all together beautifully!I have been taking barre classes for many years and have certified as an instructor in several forms, from a more athletic approach to dance and ballet approach. So, I am always looking for a new barre flare and RAQ THE BARRE® is just that! The certification program is approachable and thorough. Soraya has a kind and strong sparkle that draws you in to the material and she makes sure you feel confident with the information!"
"RAQ THE BARRE® focuses on posture and coming from the inside- out with your movements. I am so happy to be one of the many instructors out here bringing the barre to the dance floor!"
"RAQ THE BARRE® is the perfect combination of a fierce, full-body barre workout and authentic belly dance moves that make the experience not only more challenging but also more fun! I was always intimidated by belly dance but through RAQISA® and the RAQ THE BARRE® method, I have mastered the basic hip moves and learned to incorporate them into a traditional fitness exercises as well as actual belly dance choreography. Anyone can do it! I love doing RAQ THE BARRE® as my own workout and I love teaching it to my students who rave about the accessibility of the method."
"Whether you plan on teaching or not, this information will keep you relevant as a fitness professional! This training allows me to combine two elements that I love as a fitness instructor: dance with barre! It was a fabulous training! Soraya helps us understand the movements and she shows us how to set up our classes. You will love the training!"
"RAQ THE BARRE® is GOLD! I'm so happy I found this program! It's everything I needed inside and outside of belly dancing!
"RAQ THE BARRE® by RAQISA® has helped me as a belly dance professional and as a fitness professional reframe what I am already teaching in a way that my students will understand better. Plus it is a lot of fun to blend barre with belly dance!"
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