If someone told me a few years back that one day I will become a belly dancer, I would have laughed so hard. Most of my life I was pretty lazy. Even as a kid I did everything I could to avoid school trips, and the PE teacher didn’t even know my name.
By the age of 30 I had all I ever wanted including a perfect job in an animation studio. But something was missing. Luckily, at my position I had a lot of spare time. It was before Facebook, so I spent most of it on YouTube.
A fatal YouTube search
One day I got bored and started typing random nonsense into the YouTube search box. I was on my goth period so I typed “Gothic” and looked for another word that will be the absolute opposite of that. the words “belly dance” came to my mind, all glittery and pink, so I added them and clicked the search button.
How surprised I was when I got dozen of results! I played the first video on the list and was immediately hypnotized. A mysterious figure appeared on stage. Her elaborated costume was unfamiliar, almost alien, and carried me to the realms of Science fiction and fantasy I love so much.
She was a dark goddess rising from the ocean, moving in impossible combinations of flow and abruptness, gentleness and strength, freedom and punctuality.
The music was a dark electronic song and it was the first time I was exposed to such an option.
the experience was so so inspiring that inside me a new dream was born. Suddenly I knew what I wanted to do with my life. I wanted to dance like her! Me, with my unfit body, my insecurity and my stage fright – I will be a dancer.
From couch to stage
I started to research. This one video opened a door to a whole new world. At the time there weren’t any teachers in Israel for the style of dance I fell in love with, so I had to learn through DVD’s I ordered from Amazon.
Slowly, alternative styles of belly dance started to develop in Israel so I had more and more possibilities to learn. I’ve quit my job and started performing and teaching.
On May 2012 I traveled to US in order to participate at Tribal Fest. It was a dream come true, to learn from my favorite dancers and share the stage with them. and there, In the crowd, I saw a familiar face. it was the woman from that first video. I went to her and said: “you’re Sashi, right? you don’t know me but you changed my life.”
It was great to meet my muse face to face, and she was happy to hear my story. I came back home even more inspired than before. I hope I would meet Sashi again on my travels!
So this is my first post on my new blog. I felt it was symbolic to start this new project in the point where it all began. I would be happy to hear your stories. How and when did you start dancing? who is your inspiration? you are welcome to share your answers here, on the comments.