Get to Know a Bellydancer: Badia Star

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Name

Brenda Bell
Star Bell (1970’s-82)
Badia (1982-86)
Badia Star (1987-2014)

Where are you from?

I was born in Glasgow Scotland, immigrated to Toronto with family when I was 6 yrs old

Astrological Sign

Triple Sagittarius

Who do you dance with (Soloist/Company/Studio affiliation)?

I do not perform any more. I only teach workshops now. In the past I was a solo performer until 1997 when I formed my first dance company Troupe Il Kawakeb in Vancouver and then later here in Toronto.

How long have you been dancing?

Belly dancing for 39 years

What is your favourite music?

Wahda wi nos! Raks balady or any music of Oum Kalthoum

Favourite costume piece?

That is a difficult question to answer since I’ve had hundreds. My favourite costume of all time would have to be my old coin set made from real Saudi currency by Costless in San Francisco back in 1981. 🙂

Your Vices?

Dark chocolate and espresso

Your Virtues?

Truth. I will keep this to Egyptian dance. I honour and respect tradition and I feel that I try my best to teach what I remember to be authentic. There are plenty of dancers creating fusion, some of us need to stick to the old style so that it won’t be forgotten and lost

Upcoming project/event?

I teach intense mini workshops once a month here in Toronto

Why bellydance?

Why did I start? It’s karmic for me. Why do I continue? Because it is part of my spirit and has been with me for a very long time.

Who inspires you?

Who inspires my life? My amazing daughter. Who inspires me to dance? The wonderful ladies that love my dance and won’t let me quit!

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