Saffron is my guilty pleasure, escape from the craziness of life and my sanctuary. -Sarah
Name | Erica
 
Occupation |  Scientist working in Immuno-assay development
 
Why belly dance? I was drawn to bellydance at an early age. My first encounter was at around 13 years old. I was at an event and in the shopping area I saw this procession of absolutely beautiful women and I thought their ensembles were fantastic and they moved so gracefully through the space, just radiating confidence. They looked so cool! I instantly wanted to be one of them, to be a part of their group. Later that evening there was a Hafla with bonfires and live musicians and these same women were bellydancing. I caught the eye of one of them, and she invited me to come dance. I went; I mirrored her movements and at that moment I knew this was where I belonged. I knew this dance form was meant for me because of how it makes me feel, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. I feel like I can be completely myself when I dance, I am free.

Name | Heather
 
Occupation | Museum Planning Consultant
 
Why belly dance? I've always loved dance. Like many, I took ballet classes when I was young only to find out it was not for me. Many years later I took some Greek folk dance classes in Greece during my junior year abroad which I enjoyed. Finally, years later, I found bellydance! I love the way bellydance makes me feel, forces me out of my comfort zone, uses my brain in different ways, and provides a creative outlet. And, let's face it - the sparkles are a big draw!
 
How long have you been at Saffron? 5 1/2 years, I started in September/October 2011
 
How did you find Saffron Dance, and what keeps you coming back? My friend Jehan was performing with her Saffron Dance Student Company at Clarendon Day and we went to see her perform. After the show, Saphira did a mini shimmy tutorial with the audience. I thought "that was fun" and that I should try the intro class. I loved the it and have been shimmying ever since! What brings me back every semester is not just the dance and music, but is also the wonderful community and family of Saffronitas I have met over the years. As a parent of a teenager and a toddler, finding the time and making the commitment to doing something purely for me is challenging - belly dance is my commitment to myself, and it makes me a better person.

Name | Luisa
 
Occupation | Recreation Program Manager
 

Name | Mojgan (aka Mo)
 
Occupation | Clinical Psychologist
 
Why belly dance? | Everything about the dance is beautiful; the music, the movement, the energy! I grew up listening to and dancing to middle eastern music with my family, so for me there's always been a related personal connection and sense of nostalgia.
 
How long have you been at Saffron? | It'll be three years in January! Can't believe it.

Name | Valerie
 
Occupation | Examiner
 
Why belly dance? | It's a long story...but the opportunity to learn a new dance-form of expression definitely plays a factor.
 
How long have you been at Saffron? | Two years this past June.
 

Dance Name | Sa'diyah

Occupation | Business Intelligence Developer

Why bellydance? | I've always loved dance but couldn't take lessons as a child.  I dabbled with some classes as an adult but nothing really clicked.  I stumbled onto the show Shimmy and my interest was peaked and when I took a bellydance class through my local parks and rec I was hooked.

How long have you been at Saffron? | 6 1/2 years 


Name or Dance Name | Rachael aka Razilee
 
Occupation | Agricultural Economist with the USDA
 
Why bellydance? I've enjoyed dancing and music from a young age. My mom put me in ballet classes at 2 and from there I went on to learn several instruments (and you can usually find me being a spaz on the dance floor).
 

Name | Livia LeRynn

Occupation | Mild mannered paper pushing government bureaucrat by day, modern Amazon by night.

How long have you been at Saffron? Just over five years.

Why Belly Dance? I was looking to try something new and completely different after earning my taekwondo blackbelt.   Belly dance fit the bill. I liked the idea of having a bellydancer's level of hip and torso control to go with my martial artist's hand and foot control. I also liked the idea that unlike other styles of dance, I could start as a fully formed adult without having my age limit my performance and career potential.  Now I enjoy the range of creative and expressive options bellydance (esp. Tribal) offers. I can adapt it to any type of character. 


Name | Laurie (Laila)

Occupation | Department of Justice Account Leader for Ernst & Young

How long have you been at Saffron? One and a half years.

Why Belly Dance? I went to high school in the Middle East and have such fond memories. While there, I fell in love with the music and dance, and it has always stuck with me ever since.   


Name | Bernadette (Dance Name: Zabrina)

Occupation | Attorney

How long have you been at Saffron? 3 1/2 years

Why Belly Dance? I've been drawn to Belly Dance as long as I can remember.  My mom took me to some classes when I was a kid, and we would listen to her records. I remember listening to George Abdo and Enrico Macias all the time. I loved the music, and I still do. There's something about it that really speaks to the soul.   


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