Siobhan Camille is delighted to have been interviewed by Dansdocent.nu to talk about her life as a professional belly dancer, how she began teaching, her biggest influences, her proudest moment on stage, and more!
The article is in Dutch, but if you’re an English speaker, perhaps Google Translate can help you out – or you can just look at the pretty pictures and videos!
In addition to being the founder and director of Greenstone Belly Dance, Siobhanis a Rehabilitative Exercise Specialist and Strength & Conditioning Coach. This blog post was originally written by Siobhan for her Safe Dance Column in the Middle Eastern Dance Association of New Zealand (MEDANZ) January 2019 Newsletter. You can join MEDANZ to access their newsletters and find out more about MEDANZ here. Photo by Vera of love.vera.nz.
Belly dancer or not, low back pain is common, with 85% of people experiencing it at some point in their life.1 Unfortunately, the cause is often unable to be determined,2 which can cause frustration when it comes to deciding how to treat it. However, low back pain can be broken down into a few different categories, which, when you know the recommendations for each kind, can help you manage it.3 If you’ve seen your healthcare provider and know that your low back pain is not related to any serious illness or spinal issue (in most cases, it’s not, so no need to panic if you haven’t seen anyone yet!), here’s a quick introduction to the different categories of low back pain, and how to manage them.
As a teenager, the whole idea of “1001 nights” was really appealing to me. During a holiday to Egypt I saw a a belly dancer performing and really felt this was something for me! When I read in the newspaper that Majidah was going to teach in my region, I didn’t hesitate for a second and signed up for a trial lesson. My whole life I have been busy with dance: jazz ballet, street dance, ballroom dancing and salsa; but I found my real passion in belly dance.
Als tiener trok de hele sfeer van 1001 nacht mij heel erg. Tijdens een vakantie naar Egypte zag ik een optreden van een buikdanseres en vond dit helemaal bij mij passen. Toen ik in het regionale dagblad las dat Majidah les ging geven in de regio twijfelde ik geen seconde en gaf mij op voor de proefles. Ik ben mijn hele leven al bezig met dans, jazzballet, streetdance, stijldansen en salsa dansen. Maar mijn echte passie had ik gevonden in buikdans.
Wow, I’m only just getting my breath back after a busy weekend of training and performing in Paris last week! I had a great time sharing my fusion performance, “Epilogue” on stage, and it was fantastic to spend more time training with Michelle Sorensen again.
The first time I performed this piece, I came off stage disappointed with myself.
This piece, “Epilogue,” was meant to be about moving on from the past.
About – one of my favourite phrases, but one that is hard to put into practice – “gently letting go of things not meant for you.” I wasn’t disappointed by my technique, or even by my expression of feeling and emotion on stage. I was disappointed that I finished the piece with a feeling of great sadness and longing, instead of the calm, accepting sort of resolve I had intended and hoped for with the finale.