- Melbourne VIC, Australia
Rishi has been belly dancing since 2001. With performance and teaching experience in Brisbane and Melbourne she has also delivered workshops and performed as part of the Sydney Middle Eastern Dance Festival for several years. Rishi also spent a year in Ireland touring, performing and delivering workshops as part of the Ireland dance stars.
Her passion for performing has seen her at many high profile gigs, making television appearances as well as dancing as part of Melbournes well loved Underbelly dance troupe. She is available for corporate, private, wedding and restaurant gigs as a solo artist or as part of the Underbelly troupe. She also dances with live musicians and bellydance stage props such as veil, wings, cane, zills and sword. The show can be tailored to your exact needs to bring a bit of glamour and energy to your party!
Interview with Belly Dancer Rishi
How did you get started with belly dancing?
A friend at work suggested we go to a lesson and I was ecstatic that he (yes he!) had asked as I had secretly been daydreaming about going for ages. I was hooked from my first lesson and that was 10 years ago.
What is your favourite belly dancing style and/or prop?
I don’t really have a favourite “style” though I guess most would say I lean to cabaret side of things. I really just like dancing to upbeat music. I love Arabic pop, LOVE drum solos, classical egyptian. But then again I have a love for Saiidi too
Who or what has had the greatest influence on your belly dance style?
The music. I am in love with it, and when a great song comes on I cant help but start dancing. It feels like the music is actually moving through my body. Its fantastic!
What advice would you offer an aspiring belly dancer?
Find a good teacher, learn your technique and then your individual expression will follow.