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Rakkasah East Festival 2009

Photographs by Carl Sermon

Event held in October 16,17,& 18, 2009, in Somerset, New Jersey
Posted March 26, 2010

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Dalia Carella Collective

Dalia Carella Collective of New York

Dalia Collective

Dalia Carella Collective

Dancers of the Rising Moon

Dancers of the Rising Moon of New York

Daniel Flowers

Daniel Flowers

Denise  of Shasta

Denise Mannion of Shasta, CA,

Dorothea and Rose Leah

Dorothea and Rose Leah

Egyptian Sun of MD

Egyptian Sun of Maryland

Elisheva of New York

Elisheva of New York

Fahtiem of Los Angeles

Fahtiem of Los Angeles

Fatima of Sacramento, CA

Fatima of Sacramento, CA

Femme Fatales

Femme Fatales of New Jersey

Gabi of New Jersey

Gabi of New Jersey

Groove Merchants of New Jersey

Groove Merchants of New Jersey

Groove Merchants

Habiba Dance Ensemble

Habiba Dance Ensemble of Pennsylvania

Hannah Nour

Hannah Nour of New York

Helena Zahra

Helena Zahra of Pennsylvania


Hypnotiq of Massachusetts


Jamilah Dance

Jamilah Bellydance

Jamila Dance

Jamilah Dance

Jenivina and Mystical Hips Tribe of New York

Jevina and Mystical Hips

June with Chandani Oriental Dance Troupe

June with Chandani Oriental Dance Troupe of New York



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