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Teacher Spotlight: Rania Bossonis

Known the world over, Rania is a mutli-award-wining Belly Dancer, AFAA certified fitness instructor, and NESTA certified personal trainer.

Although best known for Belly Dance, Rania is a master teacher who travels the globe to teach many ethnic dances styles, and specializes in Egyptian, Greek/Turkish, and Persian.

Winner of two Bellydancer of the Universe Championships, Rania was amongst the original line-up for the internationally-acclaimed Bellydance Superstars in 2003.

Rania has starred in 15 Bellydance workout and instructional videos and "Pure Sweat" was voted by Essence Magazine as one of the Top 10 workout videos of 2004. You can get her videos here: Rania’s Store – Rania Bossonis (

Rania also wrote the book, "Bellydancing for Fitness," has appeared on television shows from around the world, been interviewed by various magazines, and appeared in the Nancy Ajram music video for her song, "Sheik El Shabab." You can watch the video here: Nancy Ajram - Sheikh El Shabab (Official Music Video) / نانسي عجرم - شيخ الشباب - YouTube

Rania's dance style has been described as "percussive, graceful, passionate and mesmerizing." With a "deep understanding of ethnic music and the folkloric dances that comprise this art form," her main focus while teaching is on body dynamics and correct form. Rania teaches workshops in the US and internationally, and also offers online video lessons.

I first came to know Rania through her Belly Dance workout VHS tapes. Not only did I learn the basic Belly Dance moves, but also how to transition from one to another, and rather quickly. Rania also helped me see the connection between dance and fitness; instead of something done for simply recreation. Later, I found Rania's instructional videos as well. Learning from her is a joy, and she is quick to help out her students. For instance, after learning a choreography from her, I found a full-length version of the song, but she made the edited version available to me upon request.

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