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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 fifty 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.

 

Lilya
SharQui Fitness Instructor

Lilya began her Belly Dance journey in 1997 in England. Once she returned to the USA, she trained with Melina and Amira Jamil. She began performing regularly in restaurants and clubs in 2002, with weekly shows in Boston. She moved to San Francisco in 2010, where she continued training and offering weekly restaurant performances. After having her third child in 2013, Lilya discovered SharQui Bellydance Fitness classes at her local gym - they offered a great workout while allowing her to continue to practice her dancing! Lilya attended weekly classes with the creator of SharQui, and became a certified SharQui instructor in 2014.

 

Patricia
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!