I was a classically trained dancer from the age of 4 years old. As an adult I studied the Egyptian Raqs Sharqi belly dancing & performed widely. That was up until an injury a couple of years ago left me unable to walk for 6 months. I was recommended surgery but refused. I trusted that my body would heal itself, & to the surprise of the surgeons, it has.
When they told me I would never dance again they crushed such a big part of who I was. I had been performing and using my body to express myself since I was 4! It's all I knew, it's who I was!
I of course had my career with animals so naturally I threw myself into that further to distract myself.
I adore my work with animals, the natural world fascinates me & consumes most of my thoughts....but I still longed to dance again.
As most of you know, modelling came to me by accident. I never wanted to model and didn't intend to become one. I certainly have no clue about fashion or trends...but I do know how to express myself using my body & how to project a feeling through movement. So, I started realising that modelling was giving me part of what I had been yearning for from the loss of my dancing. However it had not given me other things. It had not given me back my physical strength and flexibility that I'd had all my life up until recently.
I have made attempts to dance again but the residual effects of my injuries prevented me from technically doing what I needed to do. It was utterly disheartening...but I don't give up...I just shift tactics.
Recently some extremely influential people have come into my life. One is an old friend whom I hadn't seen for many years. He is the smartest man I know and he has been practicing yoga for many years.
I have also recently met & worked with the incredibly talented @sigismondiphotography who is not only an incredible artist but (along with his beautiful wife @paulavahos) an accomplished yogi who travels the world inspiring others. He saw I had a story to tell & I am so grateful that from this I have decided to practice yoga properly and use it to regain my strength and flexibility.
I am determined and I will dance again.....on the surgeons grave! #believeinyourself