Dance to celebrate. Dance to empower.

No matter your shape, age, color, or gender you can count on feeling at home at Raq-On Dance. We’re an inclusive dance community that promotes body positivity, and we’re here to celebrate you, exactly as you are.

“Raqs” means “dance” in Arabic and we’ll dance our way across the Middle East from our studio space - or your Zoom screen! Learn how to shake those hips while you discover the wonderful cultures these dances come from.

Raq-On Dance has been around since 2004 and we’ve helped thousands of people blossom into dancers. Whether you want to learn for fun, connect with your body, feel fit, or “make it to the stage”, we’ll be there to guide you at every (dance) step of the way. Join us for classes in Central NH/VT, online, or at your location.

Amity Alize
Founder, Director & Instructor

Amity began studying Middle Eastern and Oriental dances in 2001, and continues to deepen her knowledge through annual travels to Egypt. Driven to empower dancers to celebrate their body, Amity creates a fun and culturally appropriate atmosphere for her students. She has shared the art of Belly Dance (Raqs Sharqi) with thousands in the North East.

Founder of the multi-award winning Raq-On Dance studio, Amity encourages dancers to develop their own unique voice. She was invited to teach and perform at the Camp Negum Dance Festival in Cairo in 2015. She is the director of the annual Shimmyathon Festival and has hosted over a hundred events featuring national and international dancers. She has written three eBooks to help mentor dancers worldwide.

Amity’s style is described as Classical Golden Era Egyptian fused with Vintage American Oriental. She can be seen performing at weddings, theatre shows, fundraisers, and venues featuring Middle Eastern bands. She offers workshops across the United States and abroad.

Studio Admin.

Patricia took her first Belly Dance lessons at Raq-On Dance in 2014. Shortly after falling in love with the dance and uplifting community at Raq-On, she enrolled in regular classes. She became the studio admin assistant in 2018. Prior to Raq-On, Patricia worked as a legal secretary and office manager. She is a proud wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother!