Souzana (Susan Chapa), founder
of Raks Souzana and co-director of Tundra
Caravan is a dynamic
teacher and performer, specializing in both modern and classic
Belly Dance. She offers beginning through advanced classes
in her home studio, Raks
Souzana Studio, University of Alaska Fairbanks
and is a guest artist for the esteemed Fairbanks
Summer Arts Festival.
Souzana has been dancing since the age of nine, and has studied
Jazz, African, Ballet, Tap and Hip-Hop. In 1998, she began her
study of belly dance at Kismet in Salt Lake City under the direction
of Yasamina. She has since devoted her life to learning, performing
and teaching this ancient art form.
Souzana's love of dance, art, and life shine
through in both her teaching and her dancing. Whether she is
performing a choreographed
piece, or an improvisational work, her passion shows, and her dancing
is always elegant, regal, and emotive. Her love of her work combined
with her accepting spirit, inspires her students not only to work
hard so that they may grow as dancers and performers, but also
to remember to love and enjoy themselves along the way..