Rukshana Raks!


As a professional costumer, Rukshana was fortunate to spend a number of years working with both Tutu Etoile and Ballet Arizona where she refined her dancewear construction skills and observed the designs of others. She also spent several years working as a bra fitter for a major department store and received training from manufacturers as to what a correctly fitted garment should look like on a variety of body types. She currently works as a draper with Childsplay in Tempe, AZ.  All this experience goes into her belly dance costume design and construction. As a theatrical designer she has designed a wide variety of productions—plays and musicals as well as numerous children’s theatre productions.

Her theatrical and dance experience culminated into the creation of Rukshana Raks! in 2008. 
Rukshana creates custom costumes for individuals and troupes, does alterations, and complete costume refurbishment. She also teaches a variety of construction workshops including but not limited to Bra and Belt Construction (class typically meets 4 weeks for a total of 10 hours of instruction) and Low Water Immersion Dyeing for Silk Veils (a ‘make and take’ 2 hour class).  Rukshana is also available for one on one sewing and patterning classes for beginning and intermediate students.

Rukshana began belly dancing in 2002. Belly dance was supposed to take her away from her day job as a freelance theatrical costume designer. Her belly dance costuming experience started with her first recital when buying a costume was not a possibility (at almost 5’11”, skirts are never long enough and a costly beaded bra and belt was not an option). She dances American Cabaret and Indian Fusion styles. Rukshana dances regularly at Tandoori Times I and II ( on Friday and Saturday evenings. She is also was a founding member of the Dojo Girls, a Tribaret belly dance troupe. She currently performs with Phoenician Fire.  Additionally, she teaches workshops in Balance Props (sword and tray) and has taught a mixed level belly dance class for Phoenix Parks and Recreation and teaches both private and group lessons. Rukshana is available for private parties and corporate event performances. 

Performance Videos
Rukshana Raks Rising
Rukshana Fall Hafla Pho Cao 2016
Rukshana 1001 Nights Spring 2016
Rukshana Spring Hafla Pho Cao 2016
Rukshana Belly Dancer of the Universe 2015 Sword
Rukshana 'Barbie' Alternative Wiggles of the West 2010
Rukshana Fall Festival
Rukshana Grind Coffee House Cedar City, UT July 2009


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