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Raqs Gothique (AU) News Update September 2009

Greeting dark dance fans!
Isn't this change in weather refreshing? I do LOVE the Spring, brings out the over-achiever in, on with the news!

This news letter is based in Melbourne Australia, x-posted, apologies if you see it more than once. We are work safe, image free and all the news is under the lj cut...

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 @

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 @ Advance Bookings (with early bird discounts + multi-class discounts available) and payments made though: Goddess Belly Dance @ 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

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" <>

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

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 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 @

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 @


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 @

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 @, on the Maisah Facebook fan page and on YouTube, under raqsgothique

Wishing you deliciously dark dancing,


Ma'isah - Director
Gothique Fusion Belly Dance
Performance and Instruction.

Raqs Gothique - the darker side of the dance*
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