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India, Austria and other places in Europe, Kairo
Mesmera, Oceana, Jenna
Dance style(s): Egytian, Cabaret, Tribal,
Almost 4 years of studying from Oceana (Heatbeat House), Mesmera, Jenna (Dance garden), Kat Skraba, Brandy Centino. Usually, at least 5 times a week, from 1 1/2 hour to almost 3 hours.
Participated in many additional workshops with Mesmera for showcases on the Queen Mary and LA RAQUS, which I ended up not performing in, realizing and accepting my limitations and that even if I'd practice 12 hours a day, after only 2 years, there was no way to force my body (and brain) to learn those advanced choreographies.
Performed and participated in recitals at Holiday Dance-Studio parties, Street Festivals and solo before my friend's band played.
I started at 50, without any previous experience or training, except a few ballet-classes as a 6 year old. After the old fashioned and kind of mean teacher suggested to my mom, that my absolute lack of talent was a waste of money, I gladly stopped going.
I always loved to dance in discos and at parties and in 1993, I even found myself on stage as a Go'Go dancer at a club in LA - just once, of course not paid, but flattered and exhilarated.
I thought I rocked. But I wasn't asked back!
I thought I was a really impressive and good dancer, because I put all my passion into the music I loved, but soon, after just a few belly dance classes in front of big and merciless mirrors, I could see that I wasn't good at all. Just wild, out of control, without much grace or sense for rhythm, I mostly jumped and jerked, although with true enthusiasm.
How things have changed!!!!!!
Now I dance everywhere, at parties, clubs, at Coachella, wherever there is music. I don't intend to alienate people and look like a weirdo, when I'm the only one dancing, but most of the time, others join me, glad that somebody started it. Dancing loosens the stiffest and uncomfortable parties, even without alcohol.
Hip Mix just published a beautiful and honest interview with me. Here is the link, if you'd like to read it:
A Belly Dancer's Confessions: A Belly Dancer's Confessions: I Was Bulimic
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