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
How did you find Saffron Dance, and what keeps you coming back? | I was looking for bellydance classes online and found Saffron. There is a great community at Saffron! It's always fun to see Saffron students in class and out.
What were your thoughts after your first class? | My first class at Saffron was structured with lots of verbal descriptions of the movements in addition to the visual ones. I felt like I had found a place where I could grow as a dancer.
Can you speak a bit about your experience in Student Company and working closely with faculty and fellow dancers? | By far my best experiences at Saffron revolve around the student companies I've been in. I love working together with a group of wonderful ladies towards the common goal of performing our piece on stage. From the beginning of the session when you're just starting to learn a new piece, to finally completing the piece and performing it; that path is full of exciting, challenging and laugh out loud moments.
One of the things that always impresses me about the women of Saffron is their ability to balance careers, motherhood & social lives, with their often rigorous dance training. Sa'diyah is the perfect example of this, coordinating all the various elements of her daily life with grace and tact. She is what I'd call "solid" - always good humored, ready for stage, supportive of her fellow dancers, and there when you need her - things that we sometimes take for granted.
Working with Sa'diyah over the past few years, it's been extremely rewarding to see her grow not just in technique but in her performance artistry. We all know it can at times be hard to move beyond that plastered-on smile, but over this past year Sa'diyah has significantly developed her expression and wowed both me and the audience with her ability to convey emotions ranging from joy to anguish. Seeing that expression come to life on stage is for me one of the most rewarding parts about being a teacher, and I can't wait to see what the next year holds in store for Sa'diyah.