SIDDIQAH

Pronounced Sidd-eeka,  it’s the Arabic stage name I’ve chosen, and it means “one who keeps her word” and/or “friend”.  For those who wish to know a little bit about who I am as a teacher/performer:

I began bellydancing in 2007, as an attempt to become more physically active during a time of middle-aged chronic health issues.  After trying aerobics (ouch!); then yoga and tai-chi, (which seemed too isolating and stationary), I wanted to find something that inspired me to stay active.  On a dare from my husband, I thought, “Ah, what the hell?” and signed up for a beginner belly dance session, despite absolutely no previous dance experience.  It wasn’t easy for me at first, but it sure was fun.  The benefits of this particular type of exercise soon became apparent, and kept me going to classes.  Over time, I made many new friends, and as my basic skills improved, and confidence level grew, I became more involved in the thriving dance community here in Ottawa.  There are many great teachers, classes, costume-wizards, workshops, and opportunities to volunteer and perform at local charitable events.

How the heck did I end up teaching?  Well…by opening my big mouth and offering to help out as a substitute instructor at my neighbourhood Community Centre.  As it happened, they needed a sub in April, 2010; so, with racing heart and armfuls of notes from other teachers..I stepped way out of my comfort zone, and took on this exciting challenge.  Lesson planning was hard work, but well worth the effort, to try and create an atmosphere of fun, relaxed basic instruction that students could understand and relate to without feeling frustrated.  I loved seeing their smiles at the end of that first class, when they realized they were actually dancing to Middle-Eastern style music.  My students were an awesome group of ladies, and we all felt a real sense of accomplishment by the end of the 10 week session.  Our class recital for family and friends was a big success, and I was honoured to be asked to come back and teach for the fall session, and ever since.   I was further honoured to take on the task of teaching a volunteer class to breast cancer survivors, through the Breast Cancer Action Otawa “Go With The Flow” fitness program.  

That’s what makes this the best job I ever had – doing something I love, while sharing the gift of  creative expression with others.  There’s a unique feminine healing energy and sense of community that occurs when we come together and dance, as women of all cultures have done throughout the centuries; to celebrate life with all its’ hardships and joy. 

Life has a funny way sometimes of offering different paths to choose, and I’m eager to follow this one! 

 

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Siddiqah

Posted January 3, 2011 by fatcatbellydance

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