Today, she is a member of the well-known Underbelly dance troupe as well as a performer and choreographer in her own right.
She’s also a qualified costume designer, and offers a custom belly dance costume design service.
Interview with Belly dancer Ekaterini
1. How did you get started with belly dancing?
I discovered belly dance through making costumes for an Underbelly troupe performance back in 2001. I met the girls and went to see a few of their show and fell completely in love the with the dance. I felt an instant knowing that it was something I had to try.
I later moved to Sydney to study Costume at NIDA, and continued to learn belly dance from many great teachers for several years. This then lead to performing in Sydney and working closely with belly dancers Jane and Daria.
I moved back to Melbourne in 2008 and soon after found myself joining the Underbelly troupe as a core dance member. I’ve come full circle!
2. What is your favourite belly dancing style and/or prop?
My favourite style is Modern Egyptian but I always like to fuse my performances with other inspirations. My favourite prop is sword.
3. Who or what has had the greatest influence on your belly dance style?
Music has always been my greatest inspiration in all of my career choices. It moves me to create and to be as authentic as possible.
My teachers in Sydney, Jane and Daria, were very influencing during the “formative” years of my training.
Overseas dancers I love to watch include Bozenka, Layla Isis (N.Y), Randa Kamel, and Fifi Abdou.
My current inspiration includes traditional music and moves from other parts of the world, ballet and contemporary dance. I enjoy bringing it all back to my chosen dance profession.
4. What advice would you offer an aspiring belly dancer?
Be yourself. And don’t be afraid of it.