I have had the pleasure to collaborate with Souzana in the creation and performance of several choreographies. She is clever, charming, and professional through and through. Souzana understands how dancer’s bodies work and how all levels of dancers learn; she has training in everything from ballet and jazz to Khaleeji from the Persian Gulf, to Saiidi from Upper Egypt, to Raqs Sharqi, to American Cabaret Belly Dance and more. Her students are educated, supported, and having a blast in her classes. Eugene has a gem of a teacher (Souzana) and her performances are dynamite to boot.
Souzana was my first teacher that introduced me into the world of Belly Dance. I went with a friend to an open house and wanted to see if I would like to take a few classes. The first class I showed up, but my friend did not. I stayed and was immediately hooked. It was something of a challenge for me and a new experience. Getting ready for performances and being on stage in front of people was completely out of my comfort zone. As a teacher she helped me to over come my fears and to find a part of myself that I did not know that I had. Even when she pushed us it was because she had faith in us as a class and was able to bring out the best in us… as people and as dancers. I have had some life changing experiences and would not trade them for the world. Souzana was not only a Wonderful Teacher, she became a treasured friend. And I am a better person for knowing her. I highly recommend if anyone gets a chance to take classes from her to do so. Some dancers can dance beautifully, but they can’t teach. Fortunately with her is a package deal. She is a very Genuine Person, a Remarkable Dancer and an Amazing Teacher. You just follow the “Bouncing Booty!”. She is loved and missed very much, the North Star does not shine as bright as could since she left. I wish her all the best!
I love Souzana! She was my first Middle Eastern dance instructor, and it was devastating when she moved. I really enjoyed her teaching style and the fun and energy classes were infused with, and the choreographies were always great fun. It was amazing how much confidence and appreciation for my body I gained through her classes, I felt like I discovered a new person! Souzana is a warm but watchful instructor who is truly happy to share her gifts with her students. She’ll instill not just solid technique, but a love of the art, and an appreciation for the rich and varied history of the dance, as well. The Fairbanks dance community just isn’t the same without her.
A graceful and beautiful dancer. I so enjoy learning from her, she brings years of experience and technique to her classes!!!
Souzana is truly a beautiful person (inside and out) and that carries through to her teaching and love for dance. She’s my belly mama and was my instructor for ~4 years. I really appreciate how she incorporated different teaching methods, which allowed me to find out which learning techniques work well for me. Souz is wonderful to work with and always helps a dancer learn to grow as a dancer/performer and also as a person. Her charisma is lovely and she always takes the time to get to know her students. I’ll end here or else there will be a novel on how talented a teacher and dancer Souz is! Much love to her and if you’re considering taking one of her classes Do It!!!!!
As a teacher, Souzana will give you a wonderful amount of technique and drills to keep you growing as a dancer. As a choreographer, she will continuously challenge herself and her students to explore new territory. As a performer, she’ll show and make you feel the love of the art form we call Middle Eastern dance. And if you get lucky enough to have her as an amazing friend and belly mama, she will keep a place in your heart forever. Don’t miss out on her classes!!!
I took my first Middle Eastern dance class with Souzana a few years ago and she made me never want to stop dancing. I always loved Souzana’s classes and teaching style. She always had a good variety of classes for the year and brought lots of knowledge to each one of them. I always felt like I was learning lots about not only the movements of each dance but also the history behind it all.
Souzana is a wonderful instructor and I would recommend her to anyone interested in learning Middle Eastern dance!
Souzana is one of the most creative and challenging instructors I have ever had. I have learned so much from her that has greatly improved my dance technique and stage presence. Souzana has so much passion for dance that it is impossible for it to not rub off on you. Souzana helped me grow from an individual to a dancer, and even further, into a performer. I highly recommend Souzana for all levels, ages, skill sets and walks of life. She is my belly mama!
There are honestly not enough words in the English dictionary for me to use to profess my utter adoration of Souzana. She not only has taught me amazing technique (and awesome mini history lessons), but kept my passion for dance alive with her own enthusiasm and love for dance. I can not express how much I miss her and am saddened by the fact I can’t take classes with her. But, I’m happy that other people are given the chance to take her well delivered classes. She is an extremely caring teacher and truly teaches from her heart.
I have to write about this amazing woman and teacher! if I had to rate Raks Souzana, I would give her a 5 out of 5 – I danced with her as a student and also as a troupe member and her patience, creativity and dedication to the art of Middle Eastern Dance is beyond any words I could put on this page. She also has taught a children’s class & my daughter danced with her for a few years and LOVES & misses her Ms. Souzana! Anyone who dances with the woman is never the same.