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).
City Style Tango
164. E Maple Road, Troy (East of
Livernois, south side of Maple, in a tiny
strip mall shares a parking lot near
MJR Movie Theatre)
Doors: 9:15 a.m. Saturday, start time
10 a.m.
Doors: 10:30 a.m. Sunday, start time
11:30 a.m.

CommonWealth Club
30088 Dequindre Road
Warren, MI
(between 12 and 13 Mile roads on east
side of street). Park
and enter in back of building
Doors: 6:30 p.m., Showtime, 7:30 p.m.

Hotels: Info below

Vendors: Of course!

Photo shoots available!

Two days of workshops and shows!

Questions or more info: 586.242.9425

or email:
Subject line:
Detroit Raqs

Interested in vending?
Detroit Raqs Vending

Email Lana:

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


Less than one mile from the workshop
and six miles from the show is: Under
$75 a night: Hawthorn Suites By
Wyndham Troy MI 2600 Livernois Rd
(248) 602-0066

Less than 1.5 mile from the workshop
and 4 miles from show. About $140
per night: Courtyard Detroit Troy: 1525
E Maple Rd, Troy, MI 48083 (248)

Less than 2.5 miles from workshop
and 3 miles from show (newly built)
About $75 a night: Baymont Inn and
Suites Madison Heights 32800
Stephenson Hwy, Madison Heights, MI
48071 Phone: (248) 588-3388

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.
Cost: $50

Saturday, Workshop Two: 1:30-4 p.m.
Cost: $50

Saturday, May 21
Doors: 6:30 pm
Show: 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $12 early birdrate, $15 a
t door

DAY TWO: Workshop, Sunday, May 21:
10:30 a.m.
Workshop: 11:30 a.m. to 2: p.m.
Cost: $50
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: $95
Cost: $150

Cost: (either performing, or not
attending show, no show ticket
necessary): $145

(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!