Into a New Year…

2013.. quite the year! It held a lot of good, as well as some significant challenges.

Yaa Halla Y'All 2013 Dallas, TX

Yaa Halla Y’All 2013
Dallas, TX

The Bad:

– A ruptured appendix. Who gets appendicitis in their 30s? And who walks around for a week (well, hobbles… but teaches a belly dance class!) with a ruptured appendix inside of them?

– Losing the lease on our dance studio and having to close for four months.

The Good:

– Teaching at the Asheville Belly Dance Intensive, MECDA’s Cairo Caravan, as well as workshops in Las Vegas, San Francisco, New Hampshire and Maine.

– Performing in the pro shows at MECDA’s Cairo Caravan, Yaa Halla Y’All in Dallas (one month after said ruptured appendix), and the Las Vegas Belly Dance Intensive.

– Establishing the Grace Academy, an overall mission uniting my various topics and strengths as a teacher.

Rosa's belly dance class

Rosa’s belly dance class

– Bringing my belly dance students to an out-of-state performance.

– Continuing to develop and participate in a wonderful community in my home city.

– Surviving a ruptured appendix and avoiding surgery!

– Finding a new location for Bright Star World Dance, the studio that I co-founded, and adding a new member to our management team, as well as some wonderful new teachers.

 

Rosa Noreen by Jon Reece

Rosa Noreen by Jon Reece

The good most certainly outweighed the bad–but I am most ready for a new year, and some exciting things to come.

Excitement for 2014

– Teaching at the Third Dancer’s Intensive in Atlanta, GA–and collaborating with a musician to bring a new dimension to “Delicious Pauses”.

– Opening the new Bright Star World Dance studio location.

– Establishing a Performance Salon for all levels of belly dancers.

– Hosting a workshop weekend with Amani Jabril of Atlanta.

– Starting a Ballet Basics for Adults class at the new Bright Star location, as well as continuing to teach my local belly dance classes.

Filming an online class!

Filming an online class!

Goals for 2014

– Share the Grace Academy with more people worldwide.

– Release online classes on RaqsTV.com in “Visionary Variations,” “Delicious Pauses” drum solo work, and more.

– Release my next DVD, “Exquisite Lines”.

– Teach more private lessons! I really love helping people one-on-one with exactly what they need.

– Continue to grow our local community and establish Bright Star World Dance as a resource for dancers.

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