Raks Al Zahra bloomed without expecting the bright journey that was waiting for them. The first time they performed was on May 2014 in Rakkasah Festival in New Jersey. When I saw Kaori, Jesska, Tomi, Anastasia, Olga and Holly (original dancers), performing together I knew that I was giving my best to them and they were doing the same on stage. After 5 years we are still doing the same, I see that energy growing in every Raks Al Zahra Annual Celebration. It surprises me how that contaugious passion expands over more dancers. If they are improving and fluorescencing, that is happening to me too. I always remind the girls at rehearsal; “The way that we treat others is the same way that you treat yourself”. Dance is the main reason of why Raks Al Zahra was born, however, connecting with each other is part of our mission. We represent movements, feelings and experiences, like we do in our daily life.
Our Raks Al Zahra 5th Anniversary is named “KHAMSA”, which literally means 5 in Arabic. We will representing our history since 2014 in a exposition through photos, programs, graphic desings, video projections, awards, creative process, ect. Khamsa or the hand of Khamsa, is a palm-shaped amulet popular throughout the Middle East and North Africa. The hand is a sign of protection that also represents blessings, power and strenght, and is seen as potent in deflecting the evil eye. As a coincidence the main official dancers are 5 as well: Kaori, Jesska, Gabriela Sophia Maria and Natalie Nazario. Now is when the challenge will begin, keeping us aware of our roots and recognize what make us grow, it will be the key to continue our succesful training and rehearsals. Dreams come true if you success in small purposes every day with kidness, dedication and passion.