We had the good fortune of connecting with Dalida and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Dalida, how does your business help the community or world?
Since I remember myself I have always been dancing and it is very important part of my life. I have been learning various styles throughout years and always tried to pick up the most important and beautiful from the best masters in the industry. As I opened my school my main goal always was to give community the best knowledge and skills of this dance form I possess. My impact is to give people broader worldview, know different music and to know the culture of different countries. Art unites people and erases borders.

Please tell us more about your work. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? 
I am professional belly dance artist and owner of Dalida Bellydance School. I was born in St. Petersburg, Russia and came to Dallas 10 years ago. I think my city influenced me a lot. From early age I was surrounded by beauty, art and culture. I always been dancing and always been learning from the best. I have created curriculum for the students of all levels and pass my knowledge for almost 20 years already. I have never had big challenges throughout my career except for the recent time because of the situation in the world. But I never stopped teaching, I moved online with all my groups and until now we meet several times a week via Zoom.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would take them to the downtown Dallas first to the Trinity River Observatory point at night, across the street there is a nice neighborhood with many restaurants so we could eat there, and the Italian Restaurant Ricos and eat New York style dishes. I would take guests to West Village sometime during the week for a brunch at North Italia, would order cheese boart, pizza and bottle of Italian wine. If guests come with kids would go to the zoo/arboretum or Perot Museum. If my guests like coffee, I would take them to the XO coffee shop in downtown Plano for a cup of coffe and delicious breakfast.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My first teacher in ballet and my first teacher of Belly Dance. Those two people have changed my life and showed me the right way. And I would like also dedicate the shoutout to my students and my dance troupe. I am so grateful that thanks to my profession I meet wonderful people. People who loves art are really beautiful inside.

Website: www.dalidabellydance.com
Instagram: Dalidabellydance
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Youtube: Dalida Bellydance

Image Credits
Addison Carey Sharka Rao Vladimir Meyman

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