What is Raks Gothique?

United States
December 4, 2006 12:15pm CST
Raks Gothique is gothic style belly dancing. It's basically tribal dance with a wicked side. It is the perfect genre if you like to dance with snakes, swords, or fire. And it's really catching on.
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@nancygibson (3737)
• France
4 Dec 06
Gothic bellydance is grat fun, I've danced for a couple of years now, mostly in a modern fusion style, but the gothic form really appeals to me. I wouldnt dance with snlke sthough, a friend of mine is one of the worlds leading herpetologists and he has proven to me that whilst many snakes enjoy human company its not right to use them in that way, the strong musical beat and enhanced odours does not do them any favours and exploits them
• United States
4 Dec 06
I forgot to add a link to my goth community. http://community.livejournal.com/raks_gothique/ As far as snakes go, there is a right way to do it and a wrong way to do it. Of course there are people that take an extreme view that we shouldn't even have contact with animals of any kind. Somewhere there's a happy medium.
• United States
8 Dec 06
My friend's snake was just featured in a Herpetology magazine. I'll see if I can get her to come over here and talk about dancing with snakes.
• United States
9 Dec 06
If you let you snake become accustomed to the sights, vibrations, and smells of performances then you don't have a problem with snake dancing. There is common sense that you need to have with snake dancing. As long as the dancer has a healthy respect for their dance partner, all will be well. You need to slowly get them used to the movement and everything else. Best way to do it is by slowly dancing with your snake on a regular basis. Get them used to you moving. When you have a performance, bring your snake in a secure container with proper heating. Just leave them in their cage somewhere safe where they can feel the music and smell the different people. Later, bring your snake out to hand around you while watching the other dancers. It gets them accustomed to the sights and will acclimate them so they aren't frightened. Eventually you'll be able to bring the snake out on the stage with you. It's all about knowing your snake and not pushing her/him too soon. Respect the snake and you'll be home free.