Etang Inyang and Tammy Johnson are the award-winning Oakland, California-based performance duo, Raks Africa. They are big bellied girls doing big things! The pair challenges what bellydancers are supposed to look like. Dancing with ample heart and soul, Raks Africa has been shaking and shimmying together at venues across the country since 2006. Raks Africa is proud to be a part of a dance tradition that embraces the grace and beauty of everyone, no matter size, gender or ability.
Girls Raks Bellydance and Body Image Program is a fiscally sponsored project of Dancers’ Group. Now in our sixth year, the Oakland, California based Girls Raks Bellydance and Body Image Program is a fun, engaging year-round program for young women ages 13-24. The program provides proactive tools for young women of all shapes and sizes who may struggle with body image and self-esteem. Girls Raks gives young women an opportunity to have a body-positive experience, free of judgment and competition. Course work includes the teaching of choreography and bellydance history, as well as meditation and writing exercises focused on self-awareness and connection to others.