I am a very content creative bunny right now, having completely immersed myself in dance and music since the beginning of March. I can’t believe it’s already been four months since I arrived back on home soil after touring Alice in Wonderland with Bellydance Evolution in China for 10-weeks! I’ve been so busy since – in July I headed down to Grahamstown to support the National Arts Festival and then helped direct our RSDC studio show; September saw me join team ‘Raqs Arabia’ for the 24th edition of Shall We Dance at the Playhouse Theatre in Durban and most recently, I spent two glorious weeks on a cross-country road-trip to the Interplanetary Folk Festival and Theatrical Oriental Dance Festival in Cape Town.
And now, it’s time to start a new chapter. Writing has always been a love of mine – I keep a journal, write some personal poetry and have a long-standing love affair with books (…and fresh paper, pens and sharp pencils – I’m a little Hermione Granger-ish). A year ago, after I had travelled to three international belly dance festivals (see my Bio), RaqsNomad was conceived from the idea of combining my dedication to writing with my passion for dance and travel. All my favourite things rolled into one!
As the year draws to a close, I am able to take some time to reflect on my experiences on tour in China and there is no better way to begin this blog than by taking you ‘down the hole’ and sharing my very own ‘Wonderland-ish’ adventures with you! It was an immensely life-changing event and I have emerged with a renewed sense of creative purpose.
Keep an eye out for the first post and find out how the seemingly impossible became very real…