The Raqs Salaam Dance Theater presents annual showcase

On Saturday, November 18, Gina Capossela and The Raqs Salaam Dance Theater host East of Egypt, the 13th Annual Middle Eastern and American Belly Dance Showcase at the Lebanon Opera House. Tickets for the family-friendly 7:30 pm performance are $25 or $30 and can be purchased at Lebanon Opera House Box Office in person, via phone (603.448.0400) or at

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This year’s showcase focuses on the “dance geography” of the Middle East, Central Asia, and beyond. With over 70 dancers, the show features works from Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Saudi Arabia, India’s Bollywood, and much more. East of Egypt illuminates countries which westerners often only experience through the filters of politics and strife. Through dances of celebration, community, and classical art, East of Egypt builds positive visions of our lesser-known neighbors to the east. 

Gina Capossela, MA, MSW, has been dancing since childhood. She has studied gymnastics, tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, West African, Flamenco, Indian, and Central Asian Dance. She has been studying Middle Eastern dance for the last twenty-four years. Over the past ten years Gina has begun to focus on classical, Bollywood and Bhangra forms of Indian dance, and she had also studied various forms of Italian Tarantella.

The Raqs Salaam Dance Theater is a 60+ person performance group led by Gina Capossela, Artistic Director. Their name means “dances of peace and greetings” in Arabic. Their mission is to spread peace through intercultural education and understanding, to develop community, and to inspire personal growth. They perform Middle Eastern, Central Asian, Indian, Italian and American Belly Dance, including authentic regional folk styles.

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