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Not home... [Feb. 18th, 2012|08:44 am]
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Yeah I'm never here anymore, you can find me on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/Maisah.RaqsGothique or if you are only interested in my fusion belly dance format Elysium try here http://www.facebook.com/ElysiumDevi
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Raqs Gothique Update October 2009 and NEWS for 2010! [Oct. 28th, 2009|09:15 pm]
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Hello dark dance fans, this will be the last update for 2009, and already we are rushing headlong into 2010!

* The Gothla USA 2010 website is now LIVE!!!!!! http://www.gothla.us/ *sqweee* and I'm in it! That's right, your truly is presenting a sword choreography workshop and performing at Gothla USA in California in March 2010. HUGE news! *so* excited! Head on over and check it out, and if you are up for a trip to the USA in March, then come experience a gothic belly dance festival like no other!

* More Americana: SASHI of Ascend Tribal in Australia in July 2010! Raqs Gothique and Goddess Belly Dance are proud to present Sashi in her first ever Australian Tour, and she will be in Melbourne presenting workshops and performing in July 2010. Email maisah@raqsgothique.com to put your name on the Sashi "Descend to Ascend Tour 2010" mailing list for all the inside info! Sashi's website: http://www.ascendtribaldance.com/

* The last classes from Ma'isah for 2009 are already almost 1/2 way finished, we are taking expressions of interest for classes and workshops in 2010, so get your name in early! If you wan to see what we have been up to, the FINAL PERFORMANCE of the year is Friday December 4th. Details are at the Goddess belly dance website: http://www.goddessbellydance.com.au/ and on the Raqs Gothique site as well. FYI, this event is for women only - no boys allowed.

* STEAM PUNK belly dance workshops will be held in Melbourne by yours truly in 2010. I'll be running these in between class terms and various festivals I will be away at, so keep an eye on the Raqs Gothique website and the mailing list/facebook etc for news as it happens. Advance bookings are welcome, places will be limited so keep your eyes peeled for the big announcement!

* Dates for 2010: I will again be appearing at the WAMED Festival in Perth W.A. (and YES there will be an all new PseudoSkirt project: the theme for 2010 is PIRATES!) in June 2010, in Newcastle N.S.W. for the Evernights Gothla.2 in late July and of course at the Sashi concert in Melbourne in July. And as above, I will be in the USA in March 2010. I also have concert and workshop appearances in Melbourne slated for both February and November 2010 so far, and monthly workshops in both Ballarat and Geelong in 2010, as well as all new weekly classes in Melbourne so make sure you are check out the website or the mailing list etc for all the latest info!

Thats's all from me for the rest of the year, updates will be based solely on the website and FaceBook until Jan 2010,
have an excellent holiday season and I'll see you all next year!

Blessings
Ma'isah
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Raqs Gothique (AU) News Update September 2009 [Sep. 6th, 2009|03:41 pm]
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Greeting dark dance fans!
Isn't this change in weather wonderful? I do LOVE the Spring, brings out the over-achiever in me...so, on with the news!


In this September News edition:

Maisah at GOTHLA USA 2010!

WOO HOO! The culmination of hard work and a dream, I am honoured to be invited by Tempest and Sashi to be the International Guest Artist at Gothla USA in California 2010. I will be presenting a Sword Choreography workshop and performing at this unique 4 day gothic belly dance festival in California in March 2010, proud representing Australian Gothic Fusion belly dance in the USA. More details as it all unfolds, and so many more wonderful plans as well for 2010, so stay tuned and if you plan to be at the USA Gothla in 2010...I'll see you there! For more on Gothla visit The Gothla USA website @ www.gothla.com



Weekly classes with Ma'isah: enrollments for Term 4

Raqs Gothique offers five weekly classes in two locations, and all new classes are available in Term 4, in the same fabulous locations, Dandenong and Fitzroy.

In Term 4 we present Elysium Priestess B, Elysium Priestess C: The Drills (new) Beginner level Cairo Style Belly Dance. Elysium Priestess A will return in Term 1 2010.We are reserving places now as all classes are capped at a maximum of 16 students. (Full course info and class descriptions are found under Workshops @ www.raqsgothique.com Advance Bookings (with early bird discounts + multi-class discounts available) and payments made though: Goddess Belly Dance @ www.goddessbellydance.com.au or download the enrolment form from the Raqs Gothique website


September Workshops with Ma'isah:

My next workshops are in Echuca as the guest of the delightful Darshiva, on Sunday Septermber the 27th. I'll be presenting two workshops in a full day of both Classical Egyptian belly dance and Gothic Fusion belly dance exploration and innovation. More info available under "Workshops: at www.raqsgothique.com


The Elysium Temple Series in Geelong for 2009 are almost over, we have only three more Sundays until the year ends. If you are interested in attending the Elysium Temple Series in Geelong in 2010, please email maisah@raqsgothique to register your interest, or email out Geelong sponsor Lisa of Embellysh Belly Dance @ "Lisa Craigen Embellysh" <lisa_13@people.net.au>

If you would like to book Ma'isah to teach ELYSIUM workshops then go to our bookings page @ raqsgothique.com to download the form or email maisah@raqsgothique.com


October Performances

No September performances this year but I do have TWO exciting gigs in October to share with you.

Saturday October the 3rd is the VnV Boudoir. A Fashion Show like no other...as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival, created by the VnV Boutique. (This event is a full evening of dark and alternative fusion fashion design, music, art, performance and belly dance. Featuring Maisah presenting a double sword dance, dressed by Pangaia. Also, VnV Boutique, Burlesque, Drag, Contortion, live music and more as only the dark and twisted underworld of subculture in Melbourne can bring you. (Tickets are available, now, more info under Performance @ www.raqsgothique.com

Saturday October the 24th is the OXFAM Southern Tribes Belly Dance Spectacular. (Celebrating Women supporting Women through OXFAM, staring Underbelly dancers, Red Belly Black, the Aurora, Maisah and the Raqs Gothique Elysium Trio "Dark Djinn" and more. ALL proceeds go to Oxfam. Tickets are available with advance booking discounts now, full event info under Performance @ www.raqsgothique.com

FaceBook

Maisah has a FAN PAGE on Facebook! Get your updates here as well as all the latest videos, images and news, it all goes here first. Become a fan now for all the news on Maisah, Raqs Gothique and Elysium. Sign up via the contacts page or visit the facebook page under Contact and Booking info @ www.raqsgothique.com



Steam Punk Belly Dance classes? Cast Your Vote!

So this is the question for September 2010: I am extending the vote to Steam Punk belly dance classes in 2010. Would you be interested in taking Steam Punk belly dance classes? After the success of PseudoSkirt V.2, I have given serious thought to creating Steam Punk classes, to create fun and unique steam punk inspired fusion choreographies to perform and to explore this most exciting new dance fusion, so here is your chance to cast your vote: leave a comment on the Maisah FaceBook fan page, and I'll collate the votes and go from there!



**Looking back**

The EVERNIGTHS GOTHLA event in NSW with the Desert Moon dancers and Keoko DarkStar was a fantastical and stunning success! What a show, this was truly gothic belly dance theatre as best I have ever seen it, each and every set was crafted to perfection and the environments were dressed beautifully thanks to the delightful Rose. I'm sure I can speak for FiFi Noir as well as myself when I say it was a joy and a pleasure to be the invited guest stars to this awesome event, and plans are already underway for EVERNIGHTS V.2 in 2010. Can't wait to see what Keoko DarkStar and her ladies do next!

My trip to New Zealand was wonderful, HUGE kudos to Louise from Tribal-Idiom for creating this fantastic opportunity! (Sashi is a doll, so talented and such a fantastic teacher. FiFi Noir and I were quite keen to pack her in a suitcase and take her back to Australia with us - so much so that there are exciting plans to being Sashi to Australia in 2010 underway, so watch this space, as there will be exciting news announced here about a 2010 Sashi Tour Down under very soon! (A new Video has been added, "Dark Beladi", my solo from the June Mid-Year Goddess belly dance concert. I am still waiting for video of WAMED 2009, as well as few other past gigs, as soon as I have those there will more videos on the site. A bonus video, "Vintage Ma'isah" from the OMEDA gala 2007 has been added to Facebook, so fan up to see this look back at my dance coming full circle. Check out the Raqs Gothique videos @ www.raqsgothique.com, on the Maisah Facebook fan page and on YouTube, under raqsgothique



Wishing you deliciously dark dancing,

Maisah



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Performance and Instruction.

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Raqs Gothique News Update August 2009 [Aug. 4th, 2009|05:04 pm]
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Greetings dark dance fans,

‘tis Ma’isah, bringing you all the latest info for gothic fusion belly dance here in Melbourne.


In this August News edition:

• Term 3 classes, enrolments now closed.
• Advance bookings for Term 4

Raqs Gothique offers five weekly classes in two locations, these classes have started and are now closed to casual attendance however all new classes will be available in Term 4:

• Elysium Priestess A
• Elysium Priestess B
• Elysium Priestess C: The Drills (*new*)
• Beginner level Cairo Style Belly Dance

We are reserving places in advance as all classes are capped at a maximum of 14 students.

Full course info and class descriptions are found under
Classes & Workshops: www.raqsgothique.com/workshops.html

Advance Bookings (with early bird discounts + multi-class discounts available) and payments made though:
Goddess Belly Dance: www.goddessbellydance.com.au


• Performances

My August performances take me out of Victoria this month.

This August the 8th is the Evernights Gothla in NSW, created by Keoko Darkstar of the Desert Moon Dancers
This event is a full evening of dark and alternative fusion belly dance featuring myself, FiFi Noir, Keoko DarkStar and a full compliment of delicious dark dancers from NSW.
Tickets are still available, in limited amounts, links on the website.

Then on the weekend of August 15th Tribal-Idiom in Auckland New Zealand hosts Sashi from Ascend Tribal in the USA, one of the American pioneers of dark fusion belly dance. Truly a dance event not to be missed!
This is a full weekend of dance workshops and performance staring Sashi and featuring performances with myself, FiFi Noir and stunning New Zealand dancers

There are at time of posting some limited workshop places left as well as tickets to the show, again all links are provided on the site.

And a small advance notice, I have just accepted a gig performing a double sword dance as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival in October – stay tuned for more info!

Performance: www.raqsgothique.com/performance.html

• FaceBook!
Ma’isah has a FANPAGE on facebook – get your updates here as well as all the latest videos, images and news, it all goes here first. Become a fan now for all the news on Ma’isah, Raqs Gothique and Elysium. Sign up via the contacts page or visit the facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/Maisah.RaqsGothique#/pages/Maisah/96943995387?ref=ts

• Elysium-Steampunk?
So this is the question for August 2010: would you be interested in taking Steampunk belly dance classes? After the success of PseudoSkirt V.2, I have given serious thought to creating Elysium Steampunk…so here is your chance to cast your vote: leave a comment on the Ma’isah FaceBook fanpage, and I’ll collate the votes and go from there!


* Looking back:

Carni Nights was a stunning success and new is the event raised $2000 for a very worthy cause, the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital in Ethiopia.
A new Video has been added of my sword dance “Sinister V.2” as revisited and evolved and played by Bellyslap, a song they wrote just for me! Its always a pleasure to play with Bellyslap, I hope to see more and more alternative dancers working with live musicians!
Check it out under VIDEOS!


That's all for now!
Wishing you deliciously dark dancing,
Ma’isah
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Raqs Gothique - July 2009 (AU) [Jun. 29th, 2009|03:12 pm]
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Greetings dark dance fans,

‘tis Ma’isah, bringing you all the latest info for gothic fusion belly dance here in Melbourne.


In this July News edition:

* Term 3 classes start July 13th!

In Term 3 Raqs Gothique offers FIVE classes in TWO locations, three in Dandenong on Monday nights and two Fitzroy on Tuesday nights.
I’ll be teaching Priestess level (intro/beginners) Elysium gothic fusion classes A and B, as well as Cairo Style Belly dance for those who want to shake it old skool!

Book before Friday the 3rd of July to get the early bird discount and remember, there is also a discount for booking more than one class as well, so you can save even more by booking them all nice and early!
The ever-wonderful dance company Goddess Belly Dance sponsors our Raqs Gothique classes.

Full course info at
Classes: www.raqsgothique.com/workshops.html

Bookings and payments made though:
Goddess Belly Dance: www.goddessbellydance.com.au


* Performances

My next performance is Carni Nights on Sunday the 26th of July at The Noise Bar 291 Albert St, Brunswick in full support of the Fistula Hospital in Ethiopia. This even is created by Siana and Taarjia Dance: http://www.myspace.com/dancingsiana
Tickets start at $10 will all proceeds going to the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital.
This is an awesome night of burlesque, fusion belly dance and so much more. I’ll be sword dancing with my friends Bellyslap and cheering all the other great Melbourne dance talent we have, so come out and support a good cause!


Performance: www.raqsgothique.com/performance.html

* Looking back:

Monday the 22nd of June was the last Elysium class for Term 2, followed mere days later on the 26th by the Goddess Belly Dance mid-year concert. Term 2 was the launch of Elysium, and we had a 2 week hiatus while I was in Perth for WAMED, so my class performed with me after only 8 weeks to learn a brand new never seen before format – and it was a stunning success!
Bravo to all involved I couldn’t be more proud of you all, and yes there will be pics as well as video as soon as I have them in my hot lil’ hands so watch this space!


That's all for now!
Wishing you deliciously dark dancing,
Ma’isah
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NEWS FLASH: Sashi headed Down Under in August! [Jun. 9th, 2009|07:11 pm]
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Greetings again dark dance fans,

Well, if it isn't HUGE month of exciting new in June!
Coming down under in 2009 - the dark and delectable SASHI of ASCEND TRIBAL will be in Auckland New Zealand on the 15th of August for a day of workshops and an evening of dance delight! This is a rare treat for dark fusion belly dancers and those who love them, so get your tickets now and I'll see you there!

For info, flyers and workshop registration head on over to The Tribal WindBlown Events page: http://www.tribal.windblown.gen.nz/events.html and tell Louise Ma'isah sent ya!

For more on Sashi, check out her website here: http://www.ascendtribaldance.com/

Blessings,
Ma'isah
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Raqs Gothique - June 2009 (AU) [Jun. 5th, 2009|02:15 am]
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Greetings dark dance fans,




‘Tis Ma’isah, bringing you all the latest info for gothic fusion belly dance here in Melbourne for JUNE 2009, so go peek at the chaos! (oh and yes, this will be x-posted to all the right places, so you will see it more than once. Makes us all special - no?


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Random things... [Apr. 10th, 2009|12:34 pm]
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Another reason I need a copy of "how to survive the robot uprising"

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Elysium :: Gothic Fusion Belly Dance. Be a part of the Evolution. [Apr. 10th, 2009|11:32 am]
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Hello all!

I am commencing new dance classes and workshops in Victoria, to roll out my new project "Elysium"

Elysium, developed by myself (Ma'isah from Raqs Gothique)is based on the American style tribal dance format of cues and movement families, translated to my own style of gothic fusion belly dance.

Its perfect for all levels, and aimed toward those who desire a new and more structured interpretation of gothic belly dance, a way to dance in groups and formations in this uniquely dark style, an alternative (or addition) to tribal and tribal fusion or just something that's quite simply not yer mommas belly dance!

Elysium starts in April.
These will be 10x weekly classes in Dandenong starting Term 2:: Monday April 2nd, proudly partnered with Goddess Belly Dance, as well as a series of 8 monthly workshops (April - November), the third Sunday of each month as an honoured guest of Embellysh Belly Dance.

Full information and links are available at www.raqsgothique.com under "workshops"

There are still limited places in these classes (the first Monday class you are welcome to arrive, participate and enrol, for workshops however you will need to send your expressions of interest to the relevant dance school to secure a place) so if you think this is for you, or someone you love, pass it along as you like!

Thank you and hope all is well and wonderful in your dance worlds!

Blessings,
Ma'isah

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Raqs Gothique - March 2009 (AU) [Mar. 10th, 2009|04:42 pm]
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Greetings dark dance fans,

We have exciting news at Raqs Gothique.com:

CLASSES
I am happy to announce that weekly classes are BACK! Yes thats right, by popular demand Raqs Gothique and Goddess belly Dance are pleased to present "Elysium": the first tribal style format specifically for Gothic Fusion Belly Dance. Located at Studio Two for dance in Dandenong and starting Mondays in April, this is a unique and exciting class with limited numbers so please reserve a place asap!

WORKSHOPS
We also have news for our dance sisters in Geelong and the far west of Melbourne, Elysium will be presented as workshops on the third Sunday of each month starting in April as well. Hosted at the beautiful Monastery by the every wonderful gals at Embellysh Belly Dance, this series will be in depth and dynamic group and partner dance work with emphasis on the Elysium format and creating beautiful dance with a dark twist!

PERFORMANCES
On the performance front: Ma'isah and SerpentSkirt are both slated for Club Rakkasah in June, but before that see Ma'isah at:
* Worn Wild: The Alternative Fashion Marketplace: March 15th
* The OMEDA concert for the Rotary Bush-fire Recovery Fund (as a duet with special guest dancer Giselle Sybil): April 5th
* The World Belly Dance Day Concert/fund-raising for the Red Cross: May 9th
* The WAMED festival in Perth WA as a featured performer and workshop presenter: May 29th - June 1st

And thats just the start - so many more exciting things for 2009 and 2010 are in the works so come on out and play at being pretty dark dollies with us!

Full info and links for bookings etc can be found at the Raqs Gothique website: www.raqsgothique.com

Wishing you deliciously dark dancing,
Ma’isah
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