Raks Odalisque

About raks odalisque

Raks Odalisque sprang forth from the belly dance classes taught at Dillon Gym. The class members wanted to show the Princeton community what belly dancing is all about. Under the guidance of Kim Leary, aka Alexia, the troupe danced for the first time at the 2000 Communversity. Eager to continue performing, we danced at the 2000 International Festival and were guests at the Fall 2000 Expressions show.  Our obsession with the stage led us to put on our own show. In spring of 2001, Raks Odalisque put on its very first performance in the Wilson Black Box Theater. Both nights sold out completely; audience members even sat on the floor to see us. From then on, we've been an established performance group on campus, putting on an annual Spring Show at the Frist Theater. We are a welcoming and tight-knit community of women who love to learn and perform bellydancing.

To join Raks Odalisque, you must audition in the fall. In order to perform with the troupe, dancers must be enrolled in a bellydance course at Dillon for one year, which meets weekly for 1 hour, 15 mins. Rehearsals for the troupe are scheduled by the choreographers of each dance. Weekly practices run from October to the spring show, and we practice for various other performances throughout the year.

Register for bellydancing classes online at this website or at Dillon gym at the beginning of the semester.





Contact Information

Email us at rakso@princeton.edu

Or you can contact our troupe President, Rebecca Shaughnessy: rshaughn@princeton.edu



President: Rebecca

Artistic Director: Helen

Vice President: Michelle

Treasurer: Bianca

Publicity: Isabella

Webmistress: Taylor

Co-Social Chair: Alice

Co-Social Chair: Jenny

Costume Coordinator: Nina

Production Manager: Angela














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