Raqin’ it with Raqia!

photo of Lorena belly dancer with Virginia and Raqia Hassan

Joharah International is a world-renowned costumier, but in Miami she is also the organizer of a very popular weekend of belly dancing workshops and performances. This past April was no exception, and she brought back a living legend: Madame Raqia Hassan of Egypt. I started my studies with her former troupe-mate, Dr. Mo Geddawi, so going back  to my Egyptian roots is always a delight. This time, I especially loved her sassy sha’abi workshop: the music, the down-to-earth style and attitude… all of this is so me!

To top it all off, on Friday night I had the honor of closing the show in front of Mme Hassan, my teacher Virginia, and some of my dearest friends. All in all, it was an unforgettable weekend and I cannot wait for the next one!

Belly Dancing with a Legend

Photo of belly dancer Lorena at Kismet Dancers bellydance workshop

Karhreen and Kira — also known as the Kismet Dancers — have been organizing shows and workshops in Miami for over 25 years, way longer than I’ve lived here. You can say that they are a belly dance institution in this town, and I am sure that the belly dance scene of Miami would not be the same without their contribution. They bring inspiring teachers to their Miami Shores venue twice a year, and I have taken advantage of this opportunity many times. This past April, they brought back a true legend, Dahlena, accompanied by her daughter, Angelina. We worked on technique, short traveling combinations, and Dahlena’s signature style. On Saturday night, Dahlena, Angelina, and some of the workshop participants (including myself) performed for an enthusiastic audience. I cannot wait to know who will teach at this event in 2017!

Did you take any interesting workshops, lately?

 

A Night of “Real” Belly Dance

Lorena belly dancing at charity event

Last November, myself and some dear friends and colleagues performed at a charity event benefiting Saint Jude’s Hospital. I, Beatriz and Lisa did some belly dance performances, while Sophia sang a beautiful song. Then, all throughout the night, artists young and old sang, danced, and delighted the audience with their inspiring shows. The venue was the intimate Real Cafe and the atmosphere was so friendly and inviting that we ended up staying up until the wee hours of the night! Don’t you just love when that happens?

Did you do anything fun, lately? I’d love to hear about it!

Lorena is a two-time belly dance gold medalist based in Miami, FL. She teaches workshops and private classes nationally and internationally, and is a favorite at theater shows, parties, and family celebrations.


June 5, 2016 | Miami, FL
Double Dose Sunday Workshops
July 17, 2016 | Miami, FL
Double Dose Sunday Workshops
Sept. 28 - Oct. 2, 2016 | Miami, FL
Rakstar International Bellydance Festival

Lorena is available to teach belly dance workshops in a variety of subjects, and is currently booking events for 2016. Check out the Workshops page to know more about the topics we offer, or contact us for more information.


Do you want to learn how to belly dance, but do not have time to attend regular classes? Lorena can teach belly dancers of all levels in the comfort of their homes! Just drop us a line to let us know what you are interested in.


With over a decade of professional experience under her belt, Lorena is a consummate entertainer, who can add elegance, fun and excitement to any celebration. Book her for your next event: you will not be disappointed!

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