The Gulf Coast Raks Dance Festival (formerly the Houston Oriental & Folklore Dance Festival) is an annual event that brings some of the biggest names in oriental dance, middle eastern folklore, and belly dance fusion to Houston for a weekend of amazing workshops, shows, and an international competition.
With a focus on authenticity, the enthusiast or professional dancer will find instruction that broadens their understanding of the culture and artistic vision that brings middle eastern dance to life.
This year Gulf Coast Raks is proud to present headlining instructors Tommy King (Egypt), Samer Alfares (Syria/NY), and Michelle Sorensen (UT), as well as guest instructors Kimberly Larkspur (TX), Arielle (FL), Lily Tsai (TX) and the 2017 Oriental Dance Superstar Carlyn (CO).
We are grateful for our sponsors, vendors and event participants.
Because of you, we strive to bring the absolute cream of the crop when it comes to the belly dance masters of the world. Whether celebrated legends or bright new stars in their regions, bringing focus to those who strive to elevate the art of dance through performance and education is our goal. We provide access to businesses and participants from around the world.
Why should I sponsor the Gulf Coast Raks Dance Festival? See our Sponsorship Levels, Opportunities, and Benefits below.
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Executive Director - Anne Caruthers
Artistic Director - Simon Sarkis
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