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Bellydance Finale Chillingham NSW

Bellydance Finale Chillingham NSW 28th of June 2014

The first time I photographed these beautiful ladies was in 2008 in the small country village of Tyalgum on the outskirts of Murwillumbah my home town. I had been dancing myself for several years but had to stop due to my growing photography business, so it was great to be able to continue my love of bellydance through photography.

Sandi contacted me and asked if I would photograph her bellydance finale in Chillingham and as always I was honored to be able to capture the passion that these beautiful women had for their craft.

I asked Sandi if she would tell me about her journey. Sandi’s story:

In 1992 I read a book about The Topaki Palace in Turkey and the Harem women, I was enthralled by the story but was unsure why.

In 1994 I moved to The Gold Coast and attended a new age festival in Southport, from afar a belly dancer approached us with a flyer to start belly dance classes, my husband and I looked at each other and realised that this is what I had been searching for.

Approx 6 weeks later my husband joined a local band whom one of the girlfriends was a belly dancer, she invited me to come to classes with her, I never turned back.

After 5 years learning dance, I began to dance professionally on the Gold Coast for a few years, My teacher Rosannah Fairweather saw my potential as a teacher and invited me to take on her beginners classes, sharing with me her trade secrets.

In 2004 I moved to Chillingham next to the town hall, I started classes immediately, wanting to teach ladies fun! “Belly Dance for fun” I wanted to show how this amazing dance form extends from the heart and soul, and how to build confidence in yourself.

The community embraced me with open arms as my classes began to soar, from 10 students to at least 40 extending to Murwillumbah, We produced 5 epic concerts that became legendary in the surrounds of Mt Warning, incorporating local photographers, film makers, dress makers and caterers.

My vision came to fruition beyond me wildest dreams, dancing in Turkey and Egypt where my story began.

Every year had a theme and every year the idea’s came true, in 2013, “New Beginnings” was the years theme, represented by a pregnant lady holding the world in her belly, bringing to the group not only one birth, but triplets and twins!.

Now its 2014 and the beautiful goddesses are at home nurturing the children, a lot of my girls that have been dancing with me for 10 years have moved from the local area, which brings the end of an era that is “Belly dance for Fun”: But with the ending brings a new beginning.

We gave the era the respect it deserves with the grand finale concert, “The Belly dance Chronicles” on the 28th of June at the Chillingham Hall, where students from the present and the past, performed with their hearts. Our history was displayed on the big screen while we shared the wonderful food that everyone brought along, then we knocked the audience off their feet with our live show. Celebrating 10 years of Belly dancing in Chillingham.

 

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The Goddess Sandi

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