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About Hot Raqs

Hot Raqs 2024 is EXCLUSIVE, LUXE, & GLAMOROUS only!
Andalee & Mike Owens conceived of the idea for Hot Raqs in 2016 when they felt compelled to use their talents and strong collaborative relationship as a foundation for an event that celebrated the community and offer a supportive and active learning environment for artists and students pursuing MENAHT (Middle Eastern, North African, Helenic, Turkish) music, dance, and cultural education. We incorporate fundraising for a MENAHT cause into the Hot Raqs event. Hot Raqs supports artists from MENAHT cultures, artists of color, artists in the LGBTQ community, and other marginalized communities.

FRIDAY JUNE 28 (starts 2:3pm) - SUNDAY JUNE 30 (ends 7:00pm) We will 1st open registration for Hot Raqs 2024 for full VIP pass registration. All VIPs will receive the BEST possible deal for the LUXE event of the year, and can be purchased on a payment plan!. VIP pass holders have access and entry to ALL the Hot Raqs related events during the weekend and, if desired, will be guaranteed a performance spot on the famously fabulous Hot Raqs stage (until full). We will sell a limited number of VIP passes - every has sold out! A la carte registration will open up after the new year 2024, and only if supported by current COVID regulations. We recommend registering early for VIP if you want to guarantee access. Don’t get Hot Raqs FOMO!

What's included in the VIP Pass!

  • Guaranteed spot in 7 classes with our headliners and special guest instructors.

  • Friday Night Mixer with refreshments and live music.

  • Entrance for you to the daytime events for all 3 days with access to our hand-picked, invite-only vendors.

  • Entrance to the RED CARPET GALA DINNER SHOW! Get your gowns and suits ready! (yes that includes dinner and you may bring a “Plus One” for only $40!)

  • Saturday Night afterparty with live music!

  • Entrance to the Sunday LIVE MUSIC Concert and Finals with the Georges Lammam Ensemble.

  • Participation in the one and only TRIVIA MANIA!, a MENAT dance, music, and culture trivia game with prizes up for grabs.

  • Guaranteed performance on the top notch HOT RAQS stage with live streaming on the inter-webs (Performance spot not gauranteed if you are also competing).

  • HOT RAQS VIP sparkle lanyard, bracelet, & swag.

  • Competition option add $50 ($75 for Cabaret) per category! $1000 cash prize and crown for the Raqs Sharqi Professional category. Troupe and Fusion have a $500 cash prize and the Apprentice has a $300 cash prize (Competition categories are subject to minimum registration and any cancellation will be fully refunded).

  • The value is at least $575! but we decided to offer the Hot Raqs 2024 package at a deep discount because we love our community and want to celebrate with you all.

  • Payment plan available!

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