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