A select group of women performing their own unique style of Middle Eastern bellydance & Polynesian Dance with their teacher; Irene Gray (~Iraina~) in Northeast Ohio. The group was formed by Irene Gray in 2004 from students taking her classes at the Massillon YMCA. The women in Raja perform around the community for charity events, professionally, and have competed in various contests. They have taken two first place trophies at "Ohio's Finest Hafla," and first place in 2007 at the "The Personal Best Competition" in Columbus Ohio where they competed against the Raja "Cubs" (group members 18 years old and younger) who took second place in the same category. For four years in a row the Raja Group has taken first place prizes in Canal Fulton's "Canal Days" Parade, have participated in Massillon's Massillon-McKinley & Holiday Parades as well as the Canton HOF Community Parades, Canton South's Holiday parades, and in the Spring of 2008, 2009, and 2010 took the Judges Choice award for their participation in Barberton's Cherry Blossom Parade. In 2009 the group earned first place in the Akron St. Patrick's day parade in the category for Best Traditional Dance. Raja has also been asked to help promote the "Arts in Stark" venue and has performed a number of times for them. Irene (~Iraina~) took two third place trophies at the East Coast Classic in 2004. In one category she competed against twelve women and combined both belly dance & Celtic dance to show versatility and smooth transitional movements.
As well as being "Sisters in Dance," the Raja women have formed tremendous bonds with their friendships, and value commitment and dedication to dance and the sisterhood that they so strongly believe in.
Raja has danced at workplaces, birthday parties, and special occasions.
The Raja Group can dance at your event!
Please contact us for more details.
Our 800 watt sound system makes us desirable for both indoor and outdoor events and activities.
Tuesdays 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm Beginner bellydance and isolation
Tuesdays 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm Mixed levels
Thursdays 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Stretch and Movement dance class
Thursdays 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Mixed levels bellydance and isolation
Thursdays 8:00 pm - 8:30 pm Advance bellydance
Towpath Trail YMCA
Wednesdays 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm Beginner bellydance and isolation
The Raja Group