Get to Know a Bellydancer: Sandy Watters

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Name

Sandy Watters

Where are you from?

Toronto

Astrological Sign

Aries

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

My main teacher for the past 8 years has been Roula Said of Om Laila, where I have danced with the Om Laila Troupe and Funkabelly All Stars. I currently dance with the ATS/ITS troupe Serpentina North Ensemble, under the direction of Orkideh. I’m part of the flapper/charleston troupe Sugar Shakers and one half of a sultry duo called House of Shimmy.

How long have you been dancing?

I have had a focused bellydance practice for about 8 years. But have known the dance floor intimately for at least two lifetimes.

What is your favourite music?

I have a ton of favourites, it depends on the genre but it’s got to have soul. It’s got to say something to me on a visceral or cognitive level for me to be at all interested in dancing to it. I love vintage bellydance music a la Radio Bastet. Electronic and house music also make up a significant part of my life’s soundtrack so far.

Favourite costume piece?

There are two headpieces that I really love to wear. One is made by the other half of House of Shimmy, Victoria. And the other is a Medina Maitreya.

Your Vices?

I’ll never tell, you’ll never guess. Unless you guess red hair dye, oversized sunglasses and vintage bicycles.

Your Virtues?

Strength of character and discipline. Playfulness and creativity. Helper and healer.

Upcoming project/event?

Currently I am teaching a Flapper Fusion class at Om Laila, as part of the Saturday specialty classes. Students are learning vintage jazz/Charleston with traditional and modern bellydance, it’s been a blast so far! Details at www.omlaila.com

I am also dancing in the upcoming production Inanna, under the direction of Joanne Camilleri. Inanna is an Ancient Dance / Rock Spectacle that tells the story of Inanna’sascent from the Underworld. With original music, choreography and movie/visuals. Show date is Wed Nov 19th at the Mod Club, details at www.ancientrumblings.com

My dance blog is an ongoing project, where I publish reflections on my adventures in dance.

Why bellydance?

To know in every cell, that music is fundamentally linked to bodies, to meditate, for deep therapy without words, to have an art of movement that is timelessly awe-inspiring.

Who inspires you?

Locally: Roula, Orkideh, Audra…they share so much themselves, their skills and passion, with so many! Abroad I am ever inspired by Mira Betz, Rachel Brice, Caroleena Nericcio and Mardi Love. Breakdancers, street dancers and late night dancefloor creatures also inspire me.

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