Who is Michelle Sorensen?

I first learned of Michele by chance
just scrolling Facebook videos, but
within seconds of her opening
dance scene, she had my full
attention. After seeing just ONE
video, I was rapidly texting fellow
dancers saying "stop everything -
watch her now!" Eight months later,
Michelle graciously came Michigan
(I think I wrote her a love letter
begging her to come, haha).
Location: Fashionable Royal Oak
area to be announced

Hotels: Nearby hotels and special
rates to be announced by Feb. 10

Vendors: Bellydance gear galore!

Two days of workshops and

Questions or more info:
586.242.9425 or email:
Subject line: Detroit Raqs

Interested in vending?

Email Lana, subjectline:
Detroit Raqs Vending at

Interested in performing?
Email Lana, subject line: Detroit
Raqs Performer. Contact

DAY ONE: Saturday, May 20 - 2017:

: 9:15 a.m.
Workshop One: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Lunch: 12:30 to 1:25 p.m.
Earlybird Cost: $45 thru Feb. 16

Saturday, Workshop Two: 1:30-4 p.m.
Earlybird Cost: $45 thru Feb. 16

Saturday, May 21
Doors: 6:30 pm
Show: 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $10 early birdrate, $15 after Feb. 16,
$20 at the door

DAY TWO: Workshop, Sunday, May 21:
10:30 a.m.
Workshop: 11:30 a.m. to 2: p.m.
Earlybird rate $45 thru Feb. 16
now open!
For those who haven't had the pleasure to see or study with her
yet, Sorensen's boundary pushing style is literally changing the
way today's bellydancers worldwide are thinking of the art form.

Specifically, today's dancers are finding new power and freedom
in themselves in how they express this dance and Michelle is at
the center, if not the top, of this fantastic new belly dance
movement. Even her costuming, she is groundbreaking - there
is comfort, freedom to move and no "forced" cinching, pushing
etc. Freedom to be herself.

At Detroit Raqs 2016, she gained promiment media attention
and captivated and wooed dancers statewide. Sorensen's rock
solid technique and knowledge of tradition mixed with her
unabashed sensuality and unique ability to command the stage
is reason why she's won worldwide competitions. There is real
reason why she's one of today's most talked about performers
and popular instructors worldwide.

Michelle Sorensen's supportive way of teaching will bring out the
best in YOU and empower you to know that YOU are enough,
you are just deserving as any dancer who has graced the stage,
and that you don't have to "be" like" anyone else! There is a
reason she is coming back due to popular demand! You will
walk out a better dancer with a new way of viewing bellydance -
no matter how long or short you've been in involved in this art
form!  Can't wait to see you there! From her Drill Bits workshop
to perfect your technique in new ways, to glamorous Vintage
Hollywood, to her Art of Silence workshop- can't wait to see you

xo Peace and Shimmies! -
Lana Mini, Detroit Raqs Co-Founder
Saturday full workshop, earlybird
rate thru Feb. 28:
(oh la la - we are so excited - workshops for all belly

Saturday Part 1: “Drill Bits”
An isolation junkies dream! Come break down
isolations with me, and then put them together
for some truly mind bending layering! We’ll
discuss muscle sharing and proper technique for
initiation of all movements covered. This
workshop will work both the brain and body, so
come ready with a 'beginner's' mind - meaning
an open mind.

Saturday Part 2:Vintage Hollywood
Learn an original choreography inspired by
Vintage film star Debra Paget from her work in
“Princess of the Nile” complete with that “old
Hollywood” flair, drama and stylization!

“Press Pause: The Art of Silence”
Emily Dickinson said, “Saying nothing…sometimes says
the most.” How often do we take opportunities for
stillness in our dance? This workshop will focus on the
breath between the “words” of our movement. We will
learn unique combinations and then challenge our
brains (and bodies) by adding silence and pause in
different places throughout the combo, creating a sort of  
“musical chairs” game with dance!