Soraya Doherty
Owner of RAQISA®

Creator of RAQISA, The BELLY BARRE® Workout

​​​​Our founder, Soraya Doherty, has over fifteen years in the fitness industry and a lifetime as a belly dance practitioner,  both culturally and as an enthusiast. She is the creator of the patented RAQISA® Belly Dance Training Mat and Balance Plate, the only visual aid of its kind, designed to provide a 3-D teaching experience to help students learn basic belly dance with precision.  Soraya drew from her Lebanese-American roots, her many years in the professional acting and musical theatre industry, and her award winning belly dance style, to create a dynamic and cultural RAQISA brand.  She is ACE, AFAA, and AEA certified; she holds a BA from San Jose State, and an MA from San Francisco State, in the Theatre Arts, and is a Screen Actors Guild Member.  

Our Mission

We are a small family operated business with a big vision. Our program emerged in response to the need for a body loving wellness solution.   We want to motivate women to move with strength and grace; we want to encourage healthy eating habits, and to love your body every step of the way as you journey toward optimal health.  We deliver what we know best:  our belly dance technique with ballet's barre exercises will result in a strong, graceful, and flexible, dancer's body! Our step by step RAQISA®️ Training Mat is a visual aid designed to provide a 3 D experience so that you may become successful and confident with the moves. Our RAQISA®️ ball and band accessories will help you achieve a more functionally fit and sculpted body.  We train dance and fitness professionals across America to learn our technique so that you can enjoy this workout in your studio! In addition, we host RAQISA LIVING wellness retreats designed to educate, elevate, and inspire women just like you!  Our retreats include in the pricing, your very own RAQISA TRAINING BUNDLE:  Mat, Ball, Band, and Balance Plate.  Guest speakers deliver motivational topics on weight-loss, mindful living, and more! Of course we always take our technique to the dance floor with our elegant and easy to follow restorative RAQISA choreography!  (Pronounced: RAQ-EE-SA, Translates as DANCER in the feminine tense)

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About Us

RAQISA® is dedicated to enhancing overall health and fitness for women.  This is accomplished through a barre and dance inspired program which sculpts, strengthens, and stretches the muscles: much more it burns fat and increases cardio stamina; it also improves posture, balance, and increases range of motion.  

We believe the Mediterranean Diet undergirds the heart healthy benefits enjoyed in the Middle East.  Our vision is to promote in a positive light the Middle Eastern culture, as it relates to RaqiSa Dance and Good Health.  

We desire to reach over a million women globally, sending this clear message:  we believe you are beautiful and full of great potential!