Hello, lovelies! I have chosen the word "effulgent" to represent the bright feeling in my heart when I dance. It is what I wish to share with all of you. It is also the inspiration for my (coming soon) new professional dance company, Raqs Effulgence. Art is a journey of love and pain, sweat and sparkles, desire and sweet reward. I have experienced disappointment and triumph, success and rejection, and many many costume malfunctions. I hope that by sharing my thoughts and experiences, I can help to make a difference and inspire love and bright shiny appreciation for the art of bellydance. Thank you for taking the time to visit. I am honored to have you here.