The Hotter than July Bellydance Extravaganza is a celebration of the Girls Raks 
Bellydance and Body Image Summer Program.  The event will be held July 9, 2011 
at 1:00pm at the La Peña Cultural Center at 3105 Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley.  
Now in its second year and led by Raks Africa, Girls Raks is a fun and engaging 
summer program for girls ages 13-19.  The goal of the program is to provide 
survival tools for girls of all sizes who may struggle with body image and 
self-esteem issues.  The two-week program gives teenage girls an opportunity to 
have a body-positive experience, free of judgment and competition.  “Programming 
for young people, especially arts related programming, are usually the first to 
be cut during a budget crisis.  Girls Raks was our way of stepping up and 
stepping to the gap.  It’s been an inspiring and successful intervention,” says 
Co-Director Etang Inyang,

A $10 to $20 donation at the door is suggested.  The Extravaganza features Bay 
Area bellydance treasures Nanna Candelaria, Ahava, Monica Berini, Khalilah, 
Queenie TT, Asata Iman, Zadiyah, Raks al Khalil, Shabnam’s Ooh La La Dancers, 
Monica McCartney and a special performance from summer program participants, 
Girls Raks and event producers, Raks Africa. 

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