August means back-to-class for many! Did you know that many Universities also teach raqs sharqi? Around the world, you can find cultural dance classes including this art and get class credit for it! A few of our community members whose parents were born in the region where the art originated are also teachers in schools. They share their expertise and cultural stories with students and locals. These courses are not just for those on a specific path or curriculum in a college. They are also for those who just want to learn in a University setting.
Raqs courses usually consist of history, technique and can also help you find the local dance community in your town and others. It’s a great way to connect with people who are enthusiastic about the culture, music, food and more! Share photos of you and your local University dance class or course at a community college! There’s a prize for the first 10 who do! We can’t wait to hear from you!