Bellydancer · December 2010 to January 2011 · Barcelona, SpainI was dancing in this place sunday to thursdays, while I was dancing at anothe place. The singer from another disco took got this other place for me, because she thought that someone like me should be dancing in all the good Arabian places.
Bellydancer · November 2010 to January 2011 · Barcelona, SpainI was dancing here every night on week days, while at the same time I was dancing in another Arabian Disco in Barcelona on the same days.
Bellydancer · November 2010 to January 2011 · CastelldefelsI was dancing there on weekends, this place was beautifully decorated and I had an orchestra playing live music for me. The female singer of this place told me that I was the only Professional BellyDancer in all Spain, and I said to her: "come on! there are many bellydancers in Spain, how can you say that?" then she said to me: "because you are the onlyone she knows that will perfrom publicly with live musicians without making a previous rehersal." she added "all bellydancers in Spain dance with their own CD's"
Bellydancer · In 2008 · Giza, EgyptI was the bellydancer of a group of 10 male and female folklore Egyptian dancers, where I had to also dance some folklore pieces. We travelled all around Egypt for dancing in Weddings: Port Said, Ismaleya, etc. We were performing weekly at a place known as Gardenia, in the area of the Pyramds of Gizah, which was our base.
راقص فنون شعبية dancer Egyptian folklor · December 2007 to January 2008 · Giza, EgyptI was the only female dancer in this team of about 30 artists on stage. I was performing there daily during a month, dancing for foreigners, most of them Spanish (they didn't know that I was Spanish, everyone thought that I was Egyptian). The rest of the team was Samir Hesein (a dancer and teacher of Mahmood Reda Troup) and two more folklore dancers, then was a group of about 7 Tanoura Dancers between children and adults, who the top star of all of them is nowadays a famous Worldwide performer and teacher, his name is Mohammed Gareeb. There were also a large orchestra of folklore musicians.
BellyDance · August 2006 to August 2007 · Almuñécar, SpainI was teaching and dancing at this place, which belonged to me while I was the owner of a restaurant known as Omeya Shams. I had 3 reduced groups of maximum 5 students each. I think their fee was 15€ per hour per student, or making discounts when paying monthly (comming to be 10€/hour per student).
Bellydance Instructor · 2005 to 2006 · Almuñécar, SpainWeekley classes at this studio with a solid group. One of the students who came to this group, few months later become the creator, organiser and director of the Frigiliana International BellyDance. Festival, her name was Victoria Ivanova.
Bellydancer · 2004 to 2005 · London, United KingdomThis Turkish restaurant was just open when I was dancing at their place. was located at Victoria area, I think close to the underground. The brother of the owner was the first peson I met starting to sell BellyDance costumes Online by Ebay. I actually remember exchanging one turkish dress which I still have by one of my weekley performances. :) I think I made a good deal!
Bellydance Instructor · July 2003 to September 2003 · Marbella, SpainI was teaching at the only 5* gymnasium of the famous hair dressing Spanish company Spejos. This place was in Puerto Banus.
Bellydancer · 2003 to 2004 · London, United KingdomDancing at Effes II Turkish Restaurant two weeks a month, monday to sunday, sharing the month with another bellydancer. The first day I performed there, a journalist came to make me an interview, and made some photos. Next day I was on local Turkish Newspaper. I also danced once at Efes I restaurant on new years eve, and I came on the Turkish Newspaper next day.
Bellydance Instructor · 2003 to 2005 · London, United KingdomI was renting a 50 GBP/hour studio which was massive, to a solid group of students. To guarantee that I could cover that strong fee, is when I started to create the BBDC that nowadays I still teach it but I don't know for how long, but it didn't had an structure until year 2008 while I was living in Egypt.
Bellydance Instructor · 2003 to 2005 · London, United KingdomTeaching weekley chill out relaxed bellydance style group and also teaching another group the high quality Bellydance Traditional Egyptian Style. In this place I met a syrian darbukist that offered me to be my personal darbukist to work on parties. We become good friends, and nowadays he is the personal darbukist of my BBDC student Zara. I never introduced them, they actually found each other. :)
Bellydancer · 2003 to 2004 · London, United KingdomI was dancing here mainly on parties, like new year eve, birthdays, etc. Was a small Greek restaurant in Camden Town. I don't know if is still open.
Bellydancer · 2003 to 2004 · London, United KingdomThis restaurant was located in front of Harrods. Was owned by a young algerian man. I still have some videos of my weekley performances at this place, but were done with digital camera, that at those moments with low light, was difficult to see something, and those cameras will not record with sound. So they are kind of dark, with none sound and you can only see something when people makes photos with flash.
Bellydancer · 2003 to 2004 · London, United KingdomAs soon I arrived back to London, not even 2 days on town, when I was called by the neighbours of the other greek restaurant Elisee, to come to work at their place. Here I was working on weekends during winter. The owner took my hand after watching my show for first time, and hold it for more than 10 minutes telling me that he travelled all around Egypt, Greece, Turkey and at his place he saw many bellydancers passing by, and he never saw anyone so good as my person. I think this place is still open, they know me as "Shams. the Spanish Bellydancer".
Bellydance Instructor · 2002 to 2003 · Barcelona, SpainAt this place I was teaching intensive weekend workshops to groups that the owner was organising for me. Few years later she offered me to be her BellyDance instructor at the Dance Schools she was going to open in Barcelona and later on in Madrid, but I didn't get her offer, because I was travelling. Again I lost a good opportunity, in this case, to be known in Spain, because now her School is very famous.
bellydance teacher · 2002 to 2003 · Barcelona, SpainAt that moment I was teaching weekly classes in differnet dance studios, this was one of them. Here I had my oldest student so far, she was the owner, and she was on her 80's, but she was very flexible and with good health.
bellydance teacher · 2002 to 2003 · Barcelona, SpainI was the first bellydance teacher they had in this very high class females gym, where only wealthy women joins. I had a group of 55 students there, the owners told me that were all the students of their gym! I had to teach these classes with a microphone, because the studio was massive. Even so, many learned well, because I was moving all around the studio, checking everyone was catching all the movements well, so noneone get's back. I was introduced to this place by a student of mine from another place where I was teaching.
Bellydance Instructor · 2002 to 2003 · Barcelona, SpainThis dance school was located in Sarriá, I don't know if is still open, the owner was a flamenco teacher. I was teaching there twice a week. At the end of the course, my students danced with me on stage, I still have the photos of that day, eveyone was amazed! One of my students told me that she lost 9kg in 9 months with me, and I wasn't using the strong teaching techniques I am using now. Now my BBDC students looses weight quicker!
Bellydancer · 2001 to 2002 · London, United KingdomI danced in this place mainly in parties, birthdays, new year eve, etc. I remeber the first time I came to the restautant, the owner was worried because he didn't know me yet, and he saw me very well dressed with shiny indian t-shirt, and as there were already some non-professional women performing as "BellyDancers" in London, he thought that I was going to dance in front of his costumers with that, and of course I wasn't going to do such a thing!! I was already very professional BellyDancer at that moment, already been 8 years performing publicly in high class places internationally.
Bellydancer · 2001 to 2002 · London, United KingdomI was the first dancer at this restaurant that was in Hampstead Heath, London. They inagurated the restaurant with me, I stay dancing at their place during a while. One day 3 years later, I came to visit this restaurant, and the owner told me that he had many bellydancers performing there, and so far I was the best bellydancer he ever saw. I told him that I was looking for a space to rent, because I was been asked by some people who wanted to study bellydance from me, then he offered me for free his basement space for free (he only used that space renting it for parties), until I form a solid group of students, so then I could afford a proper place to teach Bellydance. I managed to have 3 reduced groups of 5 student per group. I was getting paid 15 GBP per student per hour class. I was 3 times more expensive than regular teachers in London, so I asked my students why they were willing to pay so much more, and they said to me: "Because you don't show off, you teach us quickly and efficiently". This is when I started to pick up the feedbacks from my students, so their words become part or my posters. After this I started to teach in 3 Dance Studios in London with solid groups, and to guarantee their assistance as I had to pay strong studio fees, is when I started to make them do homework and evey day teach something new, that will not be taught any other day. This was the starting point of the course I created few years later while living in Egypt, the BBDC "Become a BellyDancer in 25 days Course"
Bellydancer · 2001 to 2002 · London, United KingdomThis place is a Greek restaurant, on my times was owned by 3 brothers who were retired artists (male greek dancers). I remember one of their names which was Ulyses, the other two brothers I forgot. I was performing at their place on weekends, and I was told by the musicians who already were performing there for I think they said 6 years or 20 years (I forgot), that I was the bellydancer who stayed longer time than anyone else. One of the 3 owners was a big fan of me, probably this is why I lasted so long. I left the place when I had to go to study in Spain for 1 year, otherwise I would have been dancing there for longer time. After many years when I moved to Cairo EGYPT (2007) I called them to ask for references when I was applying to work as a Bellydancer in Egypt, and they still could remember me!!! :) The owner said to me: "Hi!! How are you Shams!! Of course I remember you, you are the Spanish BellyDancer!! ¿is this your new number?" And I was calling him from Skype. I explained him, and he was very happy that I called him. They never forgot me. If they are still alife (because they were very old already) you can ask them about me, they remember me as "Shams, the BellyDancer from Spain".
Bellydancer · In 2000 · London, United KingdomAs soon I moved to London, the first arabian place where I started to perform was owned by an Egyptian Coptic family from Alexandria. Was a really small place, but in Queensway, which is very centrally located. They took some photos of me, that they never gave me back, so if this place is still open, you may find my pictures hanging around. They had an organist and a darbukist and I was performing with them on weekends.
Bellydancer · In August 1998 · London, United KingdomThis place was a 5* Arabian Nightclub in London, where will only enter the most rich families of Arabian Countries. After my first show improvising to live musicians, they offered me a 1 year contract, but again because of my Classical Ballet career, I didn't take it. There were two owners, one of them Egyptian. When I left my Classical Ballet career in 1999, I left Spain a year after, and I moved to London in August 2000. I went to visit this place again, and I found out that they change it by the poster in their entrance, to a bad place, so I didn't enter and I never came back.
Bellydancer · In August 1998 · Paris, FranceI was dancing n this place on weekends, and the owner of the 3 restaurants, offered me a 2 year contract, but I didn't take it because of my Classical Ballet career in Spain.
Bellydancer · 15 July 1998 to 15 September 1998 · London, United KingdomOnly the best BellyDancers will dance in this place, like Mona El Said, and big stars. I danced here when I visited London, I was travelling around Europe, dancing in different places from mid July to mid September, at the same time I was in Paris also dancing at 3 places every weekend.
Al Andalus Dancer Specialist · March 1998 to July 1998 · Seville, SpainI was chosen by a casting done to all bellydancers in Spain. I was the choreographer, teacher and main dancer of the drama-dance production company at daily performance at the Al Andalus Palace owned by the Spanish King family, but normally is used as a touristic historical place to visit.
Bellydancer · In August 1997 · Casablanca, MoroccoThe Sheraton Hotel made a public event, were public had to choose Best BellyDancer of Morocco. I won the competition. The prize was a 1 year contract with the Hotel to work as a BellyDancer, but I didn't take it because of my studies of Classical Ballet at the Professional Conservatory of Dance in Spain (1989-1999)
Bellydancer · July 1997 to September 1997 · Casablanca, MoroccoThis place was an Al Andalus Palace facing first line to the beach. I was a daily performer during summer. I was one of the two professional Bellydancers on stage. We were dancing to an orquestra of 15 live musicians. My solo's of percussion were about 15 minutes long, I was on stage during 45 minutes. I worked there all summer, 6 days a week. To be accepted to perform in such a place, I had to a casting, they didn't accept anyone performing in this place, it had to be high class professional bellydancers only after a test.
Bellydancer · 1996 to 1999 · Marbella, SpainThis place was a high class 5* place, where only very rich families will enter when was owned by a Lebaneese owners, later on the ownership changed to a moroccan person who converted into a bad place. I danced there while it was still a good place to perform. I think I danced here in two summers, in 1996 and in 1999. I already knew a musician that was working at this place, this is why i performed here in 1996, thanks to him, this musician was the best in Spain on those times. He is still living in Marbella area, and I am still in contact with him. He is one of my facebook friends.
bellydance teacher · 1995 to 2000 · Seville, Spainstarting my own classes as a teacher after been 2 years assistant for Alia Shams classes helpping those of her students who will had problems to catch up the level of the groups
Bellydancer · 1994 to 1996 · Barbate, Spain6 days a week during 3 continous August on summer. Alia Shams and me we were the two bellydancers of this place, and we were performing with our own Orquestra contracted from Morocco. We has fans all over Spain, we were known as "Las Moras de Caños de Meca".
Bellydancer · 1994 to 1995 · Arcos de la Frontera, SpainThis restaurant was owned by an Egyptian family. I had to come all the way from Seville to this village that was about 100 km away some Saturdays during winter time, when making substitution to Alia Shams, and I had to sleep at their home, I was sharing room with their daughters. I have good memories of those times. I had another artistic name at that moment, but everyone in Spain involved in the Bellydance field, knew me as the daughter of Alia Shams, so you can ask about me to those who still remember.
Assistant of BellyDance Teacher · 1993 to 1995 · Seville, SpainWhile I was learnning to BellyDance, I was the assistant of Alia Shams, the director and teacher of the School. As soon I learned to dance, Alia Shams will make me dance in suarets, private events, or even covering substitutions for her at Arabian family restaurants.
Bellydancer · 1993 to 1994 · Seville, SpainThis was the 1st place where I remember performing publicly. I did some performences, mainly by substitution of Alia Shams. The first critic I recieved was by the Egyptian owner, he said: "you are too skinny, you look like a skeleton, and smile! you are very serious, smile!" I remember his skin colour was dark, maybe he was Nubian.
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From 2009 to 2010 · Marbella, SpainQualified as a Tourist Animator. I studied all types of form of dances, plus I learned to be a professional toursit animator. I did this course to get a title in Tourism, related to Dance, and I could use this to produce the charity projects I have in mind all related to Tourism that I have not start yet.
From 1993 to 1999 · Seville, SpainStudied the career of Classical Ballet. I was studying 5 hours every day Monday to Friday, from 5pm till 10pm. The modules I had were: - Classical Ballet - Music composition and structure - Contemporary Dance - Corporal expression