Rakiya EL Maaza

Rakiya el Maaza (Rakiya the Artist) is from Belgium, but of Spanish/Moroccan descent. She is a passionate and multi-talented performer and choreographer for whom dance is a journey, full of creative tension and her own personal history.

Coming from a ballet discipline, she also has strong flamenco and Berber influences that flavor her oriental style.

She studied modern Egyptian with Yasmina of Cairo in Egypt among others, and has performed extensively with live music, including hosting the Safaa Farid orchestra in Belgium in 2015.

Rakiya created the Arabesque Dance School and Dance Company in Belgium and has produced and choreographed numerous dance productions in theatres. She is currently touring with her new one-woman show, ‘Way of Life, Way of Body’, which explores multiple identity in a political and social context.





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