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Hire Tammy and Etang for your next birthday party, community festival or girls’ night out. As big-bellied girls doing big things, Raks Africa challenges what bellydancers are supposed to look like. Dancing with ample heart and soul, this duet has been shaking and shimmying at events across the country, including the live performance Samra Ya Raks dvd, Black Choreographers FestivalOakland Pride and the Empowering Women of Color Conference at UC Berkeley. Known for their upbeat performances, these dancers have studied a variety of bellydance styles including Egyptian, Tunisian, Moroccan and classic American Cabaret. They are proud to be a part of a long tradition of embracing femininity, culture and power through Raks Sharki…better known as bellydance!

To make sure your next event is memorable and special, book Raks Africa for your:

  • weddings, commitment ceremonies or showers
  • parties, celebrations or gatherings
  • community or neighborhood festivals
  • corporate or nonprofit events

Our performance offerings include:

  • The Sparkle: One to two performers entertain audiences of all sizes to the beat of classical to modern pop Egyptian songs for 15-20 minutes. All performances end with fun audience participation that will be remembered long after the event is over.
    Solo – $250; Duet – $400
  • The Shimmy Party: This 30-45 minute set includes the duet in an elegantly choreographed show to modern pop or classical Egyptian songs. This is followed by an audience rouser with the guest of honor and a mini bellydance lesson for your friends.

Our performances are family-friendly. We teach bellydance to young girls in our Girls Raks program, and we might even invite one or two of your younger guests up to the stage to join us!

“Raks Africa’s Tammy and Etang bring so much to every performance: beautiful technique, synchronicity, professionalism and body positivity. But more than anything else, they are able to communicate the absolute joy of dance each and every time. I have seen so many audiences succumb to the contagious elation they bring to a performance; every single person in the room is grinning by the time the music fades. Audience members are always inspired to proclaim their love of Raks Africa, and I couldn’t agree more!” – Matilda St. John, Big Moves Bay Area Co-Director

“I wanted Raks Africa to dance at my wedding because their work is so inspirational and life affirming. Their performance made our wedding so much more special and unique. My guests were amazed at the precision and beauty of their dancing. You can sense the love they have for the dance and the joy they get in doing it. That joy is contagious. More than just a few of the women in attendance were inspired to inquire about learning the dance. As a matter of fact, I’ll be attending the drop in class on Wednesdays with my new step granddaughter!“ – Chupoo Alafonte Douresseau

“I had the great fortune of having Raks Africa perform at my baby shower. In witnessing their dance, I was struck with Tammy and Etang’s ability to harness grace and power through movement which translated into a dynamic energy that could be felt with everyone who attended the gathering. Looking back, I can see myself laughing when they both pulled me from my seat, getting me to move my hips in celebration for the arrival of my daughter. Raks Africa’s ability to reach out and activate its audience is rare gift in the art world, and their performance will always be a highlight of that time of preparing to be a new mother. If you’re looking to bring energy, excitement, and joy to your gatherings, Raks Africa is the group you’ll want present to make that moment memorable.” – Gina Acebo

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