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Finding solace in belly dancing



“Belly dancing liberates my soul,” says Shreesha R Srivatsa. Shreesha is a name to reckon with in Belly Dancing in Bengaluru. Despite having an expertise in many forms of dance, Shreesha chose belly dancing. “Also, as it does not differentiate between gender, body shape and size. It is such a great stress-buster that I instantly feel fresh,” says Shreesha.

Recently, as part of Mrs Sneha Kappanna’s team, Shreesha enthralled the audience at Karnataka State award function at Mysuru. Speaking to Bfirst.in , Shreesha said “Right from my school days, I was interested in dance.

I was the cultural head during my school days. But I wanted to do something unique, so I chose belly dancing.” A resident of Rajajinagar, Shreesha is the only daughter of Asha M V and S R Srivatsa. Her tryst with belly dancing began only eight years ago.

Before that she had mastered all forms of dance like Kathak, Bharatanatyam, contemporary and Bollywood.

In fact, after her training, she decided to scale the next step under the tutelage of Payal Gupta of famous Payal Dance Academy and she was a member of the professional dance troupe Isadora’s Muse.

She is trained in various belly dance styles like Oriental, Saidi, Baladi, Khaleeji, Shaabi, Melaya Leff and much more. She specialises in Oriental style of dancing.

She has received training from international stalwarts like Eva Stehli Attia (Germany), Sonia Ocha (U.S.A), Aziza (Canada), Azad Khan (Turkey) and from Indian artists like Meher Malik, Shakshi Malik, Houshan (U.S.A), Mercedes (Hungary), and Yagna Chedha to hone her skills.

She has participated and performed at a number of prestigious dance festivals across the country like Belly dance festival in Mumbai from April 20-22, 2018, Jashn- e-Banjara, Salsa Congress and Hypnosis. She has performed in Oriental trial 0.1 which was focused on the history of belly dance. She was a winner in the Belly dance competition, ‘Rakkasa’s Passion’.

Now, despite her busy schedule as a visiting lecturer of psychology in Adarsh College, she teaches belly dancing. “I’m passionate about belly dancing,” says Shreesha.

SOURCE : http://www.bfirst.in/big-story/finding-solace-in-belly-dancing-506834

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