The Student Spotlight is back! It took a short hiatus this summer, but now it’s time to revisit some stories from dancers just like you. Enjoy!
Name: Sara Thueringer
Profession: Content Project Manager at WildTangent Games
Hobbies: knitting, computer gaming, reading (I heart my Kindle!) , killin’ it on the drums in Rock Band
How long have you been studying bellydance? about six years
When did you first see bellydance? What were your first impressions?
The first time I really remember seeing live belly dance was at a press release party for the computer game Guild Wars: Nightfall thrown by ArenaNet (a local game studio here in the Seattle/Bellevue area). The game is set in an African inspired setting, and to add some “spice” to the party, they had three cabaret bellydancers. They all had such grace and confidence, with radient smiles!
What motivated you to finally take your first bellydance class?
I had always been interested in dance, but never had a chance to actually explore it when I was younger. After attending that party, I started talking with one of my friends who was taking classes with Aleli. With her encouragement, I started taking the intro level classes with her.
What was your first class like?
Intimidating! All of these lovely ladies! But also exhilerating. After a year of folkloric and cabaret, I decided that tribal was the place for me, and found Shay’s classes through the first Cues and Tattoos. It was scary to show up to that first class not knowing anybody, but I felt like I finally found something that fit ME.
In what ways do you think you have changed or benefited as a result of taking bellydance classes?
So many ways! I’ve developed some amazing friendships, grown in my self-confidence and self-esteem (I used to be much, much more shy), as well as physically improving my body. Dancing has been the best therapy I’ve found for reducing my chronic back pain.
What is your favorite move or concept you have learned so far and why?
Anything slow, gooey and chewy. Something you can really sink into: physically, mentally and musically. It makes me feel powerful, strong, and yes, sexy!
Any advice for other students who are just starting out?
Show up to class every week! Everyone feels awkward in something.
Don’t compare yourself to others in the class: what comes naturally to you will not be the same as them, and vice versa.
Set goals for yourself, and do them!
Sara is a member of Deep Roots Dance advanced student troupe, Nomaditude, and has been dancing with us for many years. Thanks, Sara, for sharing your thoughts with us!