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The Deal: Amy Limbrick, but my stage name is "Kiyaana" Kiyaana Bellydance
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By Craig Schulin
EDUCATION: B.A. in math & Latin; Master of Arts in Teaching in Latin and classical humanities; Virginia DOE certified teacher; AFAA Group Fitness Instructor; SharQui the Bellydance Workout Instructor; countless hours of studying with local, national, and international dance artists.
WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GREW UP? As a kid I often "played school," but I was also drawn to the performing arts through involvement in music, movement and theater productions.
CAREER HISTORY: Having been a dedicated belly dance student for over five years, I was encouraged by one of my dance instructors, Scheherazade of Richmond, to take the next step and become a professional performer. In the fall of 2007 everything fell into place. I was confident about my performance abilities, and there were jobs available. Quickly I had a busy schedule, with multiple performances every weekend. After intensive training in Egyptian folkloric dance styles, Middle Eastern music, and becoming a certified fitness instructor, I started teaching belly dance classes in Fredericksburg. I have now logged well over 300 solo performances and have been teaching weekly classes for almost three years.
FIRST JOB: My first solo job as a professional belly dancer was at a wedding reception in Richmond.
WORST JOB: I honestly can't come up with anything I would call the "worst." I get to dance at so many fun, happy events! I guess performing outside on slippery wet grass for a graduation party was not my favorite experience.
WHAT IS THE BIGGEST
WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WOULD CHANGE ABOUT YOUR JOB? I perform regularly in Gainesville and also in Richmond, so I have put many, many miles on my car for this job. Having a chauffeur would be lovely!
WHAT WAS THE BEST ADVICE YOUR A MENTOR EVER GAVE YOU? One of my professors gave me the following career advice, "Figure out what you love to do, then find a way to make money doing it."
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