Our Vision

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Etang Inyang and Tammy Johnson of Oakland’s acclaimed bellydance duo, Raks Africa, celebrate bodies of every size. Their work integrates bellydance with writing, mindfulness activities and art-making. They provides adults and youth with the tools needed to fully embrace their bodies and resist negative messages about themselves, all the while having lots of fun learning the art of bellydance. Dance at every size!

Our Purpose

Through bellydance we strive to inspire people to live lives directed by a sense of agency about their health, their well-being and their community.

Our Philosophy

Through our work with the Girls Raks Bellydance and Body Image Program for teens, we have witnessed the power of body image transformation and positive self-definition. We share identities with the communities we work with, and we have a calling to interrupt institutional, interpersonal and internalized oppression through conscious media resistance. Nutrition Professor Dr. Linda Bacon offers a new approach: “Health at Every Size® is based on the simple premise that the best way to improve health is to honor your body. It supports people in adopting health habits for the sake of health and well-being.” We believe in dance at every size. Our work is inclusive, serving people of all shapes and sizes.

Raks africa — It’s All About:

  • BellydanceMoving to an African beat
  • Body JusticeUniting people of every size
  • JoyEmbracing who you are