Our Team

Lily, Sharqui Fitness Instructor

Lily began bellydancing in 1997 in England, and studied with Melina and Amira Jamal after her return to the States.  She started performing regularly in 2002, and has danced at most of the restaurants and clubs in the Boston area.   In 2010 Lily moved to San Francisco, where she continued doing weekly restaurant performances while taking classes with Monica Berini.  After having her third child in 2013, Lily discovered SharQui bellydance fitness classes at her local gym - they offered a great workout while allowing her to continue to practice her dancing!  Soon Lily was attending twice weekly classes with the creator of SharQui, and she became a certified SharQui instructor in 2014. www.lilyadances.com 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patricia, Studio Admin

Patricia took a few lessons at Raq-On in 2014 at the urging of a coworker.  "I never thought I'd become a student of belly dance. I felt I was too old, too fat, too uncoordinated, not good enough, etc."  In Jan. 2015, she enrolled in ongoing classes and fell in love with the dance and the people she met at Raq-On.  "The women I have met at Raq-On are all ages, sizes, come from all walks of life and are like one big family!  Everyone is so supportive of everyone else."  Jan. 2018 Patricia became the Studio Admin Assistant.  Prior to her Raq-On experience, she was a legal secretary having graduated a Merit Student at Katharine Gibbs Secretarial School, and an Office Manager at a restaurant for 16 yrs.  Patricia is a wife, mother of 2 daughters, a stepson & stepdaughter, and her son who died in 2005.  She is also a grandmother of nine grandchildren.  Patricia & her husband enjoy traveling to Europe every year.

 

 

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Amity Alize, Instructor and Founder

Amity means "friend" in Latin, "truth" in Hebrew, and "peace" in most Middle Eastern and European languages. Alize means joyful. Amity Alize has studied Middle Eastern and Oriental Dances since 2001. Focusing on tying the folkloric and modern styles together through her own research, she travels internationally studying dance on an ongoing basis. Her mission is to empower others through performances, workshops, and classes to step out of their boxes, increase their self-esteem and positive self-image, live through the music, and most of all, just have fun and be authentically themselves.

As the founder and director of Raq-On Dance, Amity has taught over a thousand people to learn Belly Dance. Raq-On Dance Studio has won multiple arts and educational awards for programming in the Northeast. Preferred to be called a mentor, she encourages her students to study with various teachers and various styles in order to find their "own dance." In 2015 she was invited to teach and perform in Cairo, Egypt, as part of the Camp Negum Dance Festival.

She is the Director of the annual Shimmyathon Dance Festival and have hosted over fifty events including national and international dancers. She has written three ebooks on the business, teaching, and event management side of performing arts for dancers. 

Amity Alize performs at weddings, celebrations, theatre shows, fundraisers, and venues with Middle Eastern Bands. Her style can be best described as Classical Golden Era Egyptian fused with Vintage American Oriental. She manages Raq-On Dance’s student Troupe, the Raq-ettes, which perform folkloric and modern Middle Eastern Dance styles throughout the Northeast. FMI Visit raq-on.net