Raks al Khalil (Dance of Friends)
Consists of current class members honing our dance skills throughout the year and learning to dance together as a troupe as well as enjoying each other's company while we sew our own costumes. The mixed level dancers are called Rakettes and the Rak Core is the Advanced Performance Troupe, collectively we call ourselves Raks al Khalil and the Rakettes.

Any of Khajulah's students are welcome to join our Rakettes troupe so long as they attend class regularly and can commit to extra practices for a few months prior to a big performance (typically twice a year). The other commitment is to a costume that you will learn how to make yourself at our separate sewing workshops (or you can have me make it for you at a reasonable rate as I am a costume designer). Rak Core is comprised of advanced level dancers, these are dancers with several years of dance experience and membership is by invite. We dance several times a year at festivals, private parties, and fundraisers.

Dancing in a troupe is a lot of work, it takes a great deal of commitment, but its rewards are many. Troupe dancing is my favorite, it's challenging learning how to move not only as one, but being aware of your placement within a formation. A special magic happens as we learn choreography, practice, and make "mistakes" that sometimes work out for the better. I treasure the road traveled together and always miss the process once we are done with a project.

For upcoming performance, please see the calendar

PAST PERFORMANCES

Desert Dance Festival - September 2012
Santa Clara, CA

Check out our YouTube posting from Carnival of Stars 2012!!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGmlyowQZCg&feature=youtu.be

Rakkasah West - March 2012
Richmond, CA

Check out our YouTube posting from Rakkasah 2012!!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1xfNVfAvvM

Desert Dance Festival - September 2011
Santa Clara, CA

DDF11 YouTube Footage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWG7gDK-z0A

Carnival of Stars - August 2011
Richmond, CA

Check out our You Tube posting for Carnival of Stars 2011
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKQ-gseFJ7E
:09 Eqyptian Boogie
3:58 Aurora Borealis Veil
8:30
Drum Solo II

Rakkasah West - March 2011
Richmond, CA

Check out our YouTube posting from Rakkasah 2011!!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkrzwjM-FgQ

Desert Dance Festival, September 2010
Santa Clara, CA

Check out our YouTube posting from Desert Dance Festival 2010!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8ghCn215Nk
"Fast and Furious", "Break it Down TF", and "Happy Day Drum Solo"

Carnival of Stars - August 2010
Richmond, CA

Check out our You Tube posting for Carnival of Stars 2010
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01ZrHC9uk84 - Fast and Furious
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXHq_8_M0Zs - Sword and Tray
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-eAd4QyOuH4 - Drum Solo II

Rakkasah West - March 2010
Richmond, CA

Rakkasah 2010
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZiELgWz-Jk - Balady
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLzlho7IumQ - Dreamy Veil
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0h5rf6yLPs - Yearning Veil
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=md887so7HYw - Drum Solo II

Rakkasah West - March 2009
Vallejo, CA

Check out our Rakkasah 2009 Performance
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xfh3Vf89YOI - Fast and Furious
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIWcfNTFGsw - Raks Leyla
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNa-5NcXJBM - Sword and Tray
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vr8Qy1mAibs - Taffy Taqsim

Rakkasah West - March 2008
Vallejo, CA

Check out our Rakkasah 2008 Performance
Ultra thanks to Pete Evangel for hooking us up with the transfer for You Tube broadcast.
Rakkasah 2008 (in our new Starry Night costumes) - 4 total
Sassy Saidi http://www.youtube.com/v/O14m3T8AAZg
Aurora Borealis Veil http://www.youtube.com/v/ikiRwjI55Yg
Drum Solo II http://www.youtube.com/v/WdbeTDbTfD8
Troupe Bow, Free Dance and Exit http://www.youtube.com/v/lZnmCLjokLY

Carnival of Stars - November 2007
Hayward, CA

Check out our Carnival of Stars 2007
Ancient Pharonic performances on YouTube!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0x3IdxP33E

Dance Masters - June 2007
Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, San Jose, CA

 

Desert Dance Festival - September 2007
San Jose Civic Auditorium, San Jose, CA

Check out our Rakkasah 2007 performances on You Tube!
Beledy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zEkQ6J7Y17I
Taqsim: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Py85SvDJ6bQ
Tribal Fusion Taqsim: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UX2D360JQvk
Drum Solo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCTgw3OLb5I
Bow, Free Dance and Exit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrMiwn2VhBY

 

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