- Tell us more about yourself. What do you do and how long you’ve been working in this industry?
I started belly dancing 11 years ago, even though I originally come from a corporate background in Office Management.
I would consider myself quite multi-talented – I currently work part-time as a Belly Dance teacher, I often get invited to teach workshops and perform at women’s institutions, dance events and ‘ladies only’ parties. I also organise workshops for international dancers, I’m a part-time Venue Decorator and a Balloon Artist.
- Who did you want to be when you were a kid?
I actually wanted to be a singer because I just loved singing. But I didn’t want to be anyone in particular.
- What was your ‘punch in the stomach’ or when did you first realise that this is going to become your career?
I loved the fact that belly dance changed my shape and gave me body confidence. It energised me – I was always buzzing after a class and I often created choreographies in my head while doing an office job.
I realised this was going to become a passion of mine (not a career as I don’t dance full-time) when I started teaching. I found it very rewarding.
I was also inspired by other artists (in the UK and internationally) who presented different belly dancing styles and techniques – I knew I could never get bored.
- What were the 3 biggest obstacles in pursuit of your career?
Working full-time and having space to practice.
- Where do you find inspiration?
In my students.
- What challenges do you face in this industry as a ‘50+ artist’?
Competition when organising belly dancing events – people think you are not good enough until they see you performing.
- What advice would you give someone who is about to start their career but is being told that it’s ‘too late’?
It’s never too late to learn something new. Go with your passion and ignore those who say it’s too late.
- Do you have any idols and if so, who and why?
I admire my mother, she works hard and she always pushes me to do greater things.
- What’s your life motto?
Live, dance, love.
- You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What colour would you be and why?
Red, I am always on fire!!!
Catch Amora at her next Shimmytastic Workshop which will be taking place in London on 9th March 2019.