Ekaterini will be known to both Sydney and Melbourne readers, as she began her career in Melbourne, danced with Jane and Daria in Sydney, and now lives in Melbourne.
Today, she is the director of her own successful business, Belly Dance Bohemia, and one of Melbourne’s most sought-after teachers and performers, as well as a core member of the well-known Underbelly Dance troupe.
Ekaterini teaches weekly beginner to advanced level classes in Richmond’s Forever Dance Studio. Belly Dance Bohemia also hosts two student concerts each year to showcase dazzling performances by Ekaterini’s students.
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 in love the with the dance. I felt an instant knowing that it was something I had to do.
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 has always been Modern Egyptian but a recent trip to Istanbul has inspired a new love of Turkish belly dance! My favourite prop at the moment is cane (saidi).
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 be creative and to be as authentic as possible.
Overseas dancers that inspire me include Bozenka, Randa Kamel, Didem, Aida, Layla Isis (NY) and Fifi Abdou.
4. What advice would you offer an aspiring belly dancer?
Be yourself when performing. Also, to improve as a belly dancer I think it’s important to train your body in other forms of movement. Take classes in yoga, ballet, burlesque, train at the gym etc. It’s important to build a strong body and a diverse movement vocabulary.