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The Ultimate MIAMI RAKS FEST Experience! 
This package includes access to: 
- The 2-Day LIVE Belly Dance Fitness Instructor Training (April 25-26, 9am-5pm at Belly Motions Dance Studio)
- The DANCE WORKSHOPS PACKAGE: 12 hours of Dance Workshops, access to Sadie's and Amar's intimate "Get to Know" Interview sessions, and sparkly MIAMI RAKS FEST dance shirt! SEE ENTIRE SCHEDULE BELOW. (April 27-28 9am-5:30pm) at Miami Elks Lodge)
- 1 Ticket to the MIAM RAKS FEST Theater Show (Saturday, April 27, 8pm, Manuel Artime Theater)
- Entry to the Opening Party (Details & Location TBA for Friday, April 26, 6:30pm)
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Happy Shimmies from Your Event Organizers, 
Portia Lange & Miss Luisa of Belly Motions

Join us for the inaugural year of MIAMI RAKS FEST featuring International Belly Dance Artists, Performers and Choreographers Sadie Marquardt and Amar Gamal with Guest Instructors Roshana Nofret and Alexandra Molina.  This 4-day event offers a Belly Dance Fitness Instructor Training*, 12 hours of exceptional dance instruction, an opening night party, a magnificent theater show and plenty of shopping!  Our Exclusive V.I.P. PACKAGE and DANCE WORKSHOPS PACKAGE also include a sparkly MIAMI RAKS FEST dance shirt and an intimate "Get to know Sadie & Amar" interview session where participants will have the opportunity to learn more about the careers and lives of these international stars! 
MIAMI RAKS FEST is an annual Middle Eastern Dance Festival organized by Portia Lange, Founder of Belly Motions, Inc. and Miss Luisa Quintana, Belly Dance Choreographer, Instructor and Performer. The festival offers a professional platform for Master Instructors to teach and perform and provides the opportunity for belly dance students, enthusiasts and professionals to gather, learn and enjoy a weekend filled with unforgettable experiences in Miami, one of the world's most vibrant metropolis cities!     
The event WORKSHOPS will take place at the Miami Elks Lodge located in Kendall at 10301 S.W. 72nd Street Miami FL 33173.  This modern facility offers a spectacular ballroom, clean restrooms, free and plentiful parking and a serene outdoor picnic area great for enjoying lunch or a snack in between workshops. There will be vendors set up offering unique belly dance merchandise and a "grab and go" food station with healthy, organic food for purchase.
The event THEATER SHOW will take place at the Manuel Artime Theater in Little Havana located at 900 SW 1st St, Miami, FL 33130 and will feature Sadie, Amar, Roshana, Alexandra and an incredible lineup of professional dancers from South Florida and beyond!

The Belly Dance Fitness Instructor Training (BDFIT) is a LIVE 2-day workshop taking place on April 25th and 26th from 9am-5pm at Belly Motions Dance Studio in Miami, Florida. The BDFIT is a nationally recognized exercise program approved by the Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) the leading certifier for fitness professionals in the United States since 1983! The workshop will be lead by Portia Lange, B.A. from the University of Florida, Founder and CEO of Belly Motions, Inc., and AFAA Group Fitness Certified with over 20 years of experience in group fitness and 15 years in belly dance instruction. Joining her will be Miss Luisa Quintana, M.A. from Florida International University, UM Adjunct Professor, Belly Dance choreographer, performer, instructor with 10+ years experience.
Please note: The BDFIT will only accept 20 participants to maintain a high level of attention for each registrant.

But wait, what is Belly Dance Fitness?
The Belly Dance Fitness Format fuses authentic Belly Dance movements and music with fitness principles and guidelines to create a unique, safe and effective dance-fitness workout. It’s where Belly Dance meets Fitness! Portia, and her team of trained instructors, have been applying this successful format for over 15 years. The Belly Dance Fitness method is tried and true, fun and enjoyable and reaches the masses making the benefits of belly dancing available to anyone. In addition, IT IS THE ONLY BELLY DANCE FITNESS PROGRAM IN THE UNITED STATES APPROVED BY AFAA! Reach the masses and empower your participants through Belly Dance Fitness classes!

Who should take thing training?
Whether you are just starting, or are an experienced pro, this training will take you to the next level. The Belly Dance Fitness Instructor Training is an excellent option for:

Group Fitness Instructors looking to expand their class format options.
AFAA Certified Professionals looking to earn CEU credits.
Belly Dance Instructors looking to take their teaching skills to a new level that reaches the general population, from a fitness perspective.
Serious Belly Dance students interested in teaching Beginner Level classes as a secondary source of income.

What differenitates this from format from others?
From a fitness industry perspective, the Belly Dance Fitness Format is similar to other dance-fitness formats (such as Zumba) in that it uses dance movements, simple choreographies and motivating music to deliver a fun workout, however, it differs from most formats because it is low-impact (making it accessible to all populations young to old), features unique Belly Dance movements derived from the Middle East (making it unique and attractive), and is taught barefoot (giving a new “feel” and a break from the typical sneakers routine in a dance-fitness class).
From a Belly Dance industry perspective, it is the ONLY Belly Dance Training Program in the United States approved by the Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) offering AFAA Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) making it a reputable Instructor Training with the backing of an accredited organization. In addition, this format has been utilized for over 13 years at the Belly Motions Dance-Fitness Studio in Miami, Florida reaching thousands of participants and proving its success.

What form of certification does this training offer?
The Belly Dance Fitness Instructor Training will offer a Certificate of Completion for each participant which may be presented to dance studios and fitness centers for future employment. Group Fitness Instructors certified by the Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) will earn AFAA Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) upon Completion.  The program is currently under review and the exact number of CEUs credits will be announced here by October 2018.

Where would I teach this format?
Belly Dance Fitness classes are designed for participants of all ages and fitness levels. The format is intended to appear at dance studios and fitness centers. This dance-fitness format is beginner friendly with an “exercise in disguise” effect that will excite, motivate and empower anyone! The isolation-based movements and low impact nature also make this format the perfect compliment to an existing training program that involves repetitive or high impact movements.

*The BDFIT program has been updated and is under review by AFAA. Once approved the total number of CEUs will be determined and we will post her and on social media immediately. For any questions regarging this please contact Portia or Luisa at ZGFuY2UgfCBtaWFtaXJha3NmZXN0ICEgY29t, we'll be happy to provide you detailed information!


Saturday, April 27, 2019
9:00am   |  Amar Gamal teaching "The Complete Dancer from Head to Toe" 
12:30pm |  Sadie Marquardt teaching "Pops, Locks & Shimmies"
3:30pm   |  Roshana Nofret teaching "Intro to Persian Dance"
4:45pm   |  "Get to know Amar" Exclusive Interview | V.I.P. PACKAGE ONLY
8:00pm   |  Theater Show featuring Amar, Sadie, Roshana, Alexandra & more! *General Admission | Tickets are $35 each and go on sale January, 2019. 

Sunday, April 28, 2019
9:00am   |  Amar Gamal teaching "Oriental Fantasy Choreography"
12:30pm |  Sadie Marquardt teaching "1001 Drills & Combinations"
3:30pm   |  Alexandra Molina teaching "Intro to Dabke"
4:45pm   |  "Get to know Sadie" Exclusive Interview | V.I.P. PACKAGE ONLY 


"The Complete Dancer from Head to Toe" with AMAR GAMAL!
Join Amar as she explores the elements of being a complete dancer. She will cover expression and taking joy in each movement, the importance of breath work making each move come alive, and the art of flavoring & adding spice to your movements. She’ll break down dance techniques from head to toe using conditioning/strength drills and put it all together to some challenging yet super fun combos.  All dance levels are welcomed.
2.5 hours of Instruction | Saturday, April 27, 2019, 9:00-11:30am

"Pops, Locks & Shimmies" with SADIE!
This workshop follows the teaching format developed exclusively by Sadie. You will be introduced to several concepts that will unleash your potential to execute sharper, cleaner, stronger movements and isolations as you are guided through a series of Sadie’s effective drill sets. All dance levels are welcomed.
2.5 hours of Instruction | Saturday, April 27, 2019, 12:30-3:00pm

"Intro to Persian Dance" with ROSHANA NOFRET!
In this workshop, Roshana will introduce the basic foundational movements, aesthetic, expression, and musicality of one of the loveliest and richest dance styles in the Middle East: Persian dance! Classical and modern/pop Persian dance is characterized by fluid upper body movements combined with rhythmic and graceful footwork, and lots of character! All dance levels welcome.
1 Hour of Instruction | Saturday, April 27, 2019, 3:30-4:30pm

"Oriental Fantasy Choreography" with AMAR GAMAL!
Learn a rich choreography filled with drama, excitement and intricate moves capturing the essence of the dance featuring Amar’s signature moves. All dance levels are welcomed.
2.5 hours of Instruction | Sunday April 28, 2019 9:00-11:30am

“1001 Drills and Combinations” with SADIE MARQAURDT!
Get some of Sadie’s most exciting and juicy belly dance techniques and put them together for unlimited amounts of fun in with her signature style, challenging and funky combinations! All dance levels are welcomed.
2.5 hours of Instruction | Sunday, April 28, 2019, 12:30-3:00pm

"Intro to Dabke" with ALEXANDRA MOLINA!
Jump in the line! One of the most common celebratory dances of the Middle East, Dabke is a joyous traditional line dance performed at weddings, birthdays and special occasions. Native to mountainous regions such as Lebanon, Syria and Palestine, this dance is characterized by strong and grounding footwork and accompanied by rich and powerful music. Alexandra will introduce basic foot patterns, musicality, combinations and the pure fun that Dabke brings so you can be ready for you next Arabic party! All levels welcome. *Shoes/sneakers recommended
1 Hour of Instruction | Sunday, April 28, 2019, 3:30-4:30pm

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