Interview with MEDA Students

Have you ever thought of joining The Middle East Dance Academy (MEDA) but didn’t think you could do it? Have you ever had desires of joining Bellydance but always made excuses? Have you ever wondered what will Bellydance bring for you both internally and externally as a person? How does Bellydance benefit you in the long run? Well this time in our blog post you can get inside the experiences and feedback from our students. Here is what they’ve got to say:

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Miyako Uchiyama (Japan), Works at Tokio Marine 

Advance MEDA Student, Since June 2006 (7 years)

Why did you join MEDA?

Because I love Middle Eastern Dance and Music.

What was the best memory you’ve had since joining?

Ooooh … there are a lot but the best memory so far would be when I performed alone in Al-Amar for the first time because it was one of my ultimate goal to perform in one of the most famous Arabic Restaurants in Kuala Lumpur. Overall, every moment I’ve made in MEDA is still my best memories. When we perform as a group, when we practice as a group and chit chat during lunch time is what I will always cherish.

What was the scariest moment you’ve faced in this journey?

When Nanccy got mad in class during dance practice and argued with her two daughters. lol

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Malarvizy Perumal (Malaysia), Works as a Baker

Intermediate to Advance MEDA Student, Since Feb 2009 (4 years)

What can people expect when they join MEDA?

Great Teachers, Excellent Choreography, Support, Motivation, Sisterhood, Family, Fun, Variety, Opportunity, Sharing Knowledge & Ideas, Exposure and they never compromise the very Art of Belly Dancing!!

What has MEDA made you overcome?

MEDA has made me overcome certain percentage of my “Shyness” and that has given me self-confidence and they are not stopping until I am 100% out of it

What is your favorite Middle Eastern dance style and why?

MEDA has exposed me to many types of music because they made me understand that the style comes from the type of music you dance to and frankly I love them all because you get to do different things in different types of music

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Darlene Mirawaty (Indonesia), Mother of 4 kids

Intermediate to Advance MEDA Student, 1 year

What can people expect when they join MEDA? 

I think this really depends on the individual; it depends on how much you’re willing to invest as a student. From my experience, MEDA specializes in building community through quality dance instruction and performance opportunities.

What has MEDA made you overcome? 

Learning under MEDA has given me the opportunity to overcome my own shyness and build friendships with many lovely women. Bellydance instruction has also helped me in my journey towards a positive body image, and given me an art medium with which to spread my vision for redefining feminine health and beauty.

What is your favourite Middle Eastern dance style and why? 

Anything slow & smooth, or visually sharp. I’m not very good at shimmies or multiple/layered movements, so I love folk dances like Baba Karam & Bari Baakh. Actually, I love any of the folk dances that aren’t necessarily categorized as classic or modern ‘raqs sharqi’. My personal (albeit meager) dance background is in folk, so I prefer the ‘earthy’ cultural foundations of folk dance.

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 Valerie Tan (Malaysia), Account Executive

Advance MEDA Student, 1 year plus

What is the scariest moment you’ve faced in MEDA?

The scariest moment is the improvisation time. My mind is BLANK!!!

What was the best memory you’ve had since joining?

The best memory is performing in Hollywood Bellydance Hafla. The Hafla was amazing. I found that the event get all the MEDA members close to each other.

What advice would you give to your fellow new bellydance peers?

Belly dance maybe difficult but if we practice more, we also can dance better than we expect. Practice makes perfect!

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Nabella Malinka (Maldives), Works as a School Teacher

Beginner MEDA Student, 5 months

What can people expect when they join MEDA?

It has a fun, loving environment and great teachers.

What has MEDA made you overcome?

It has made me more aware of my posture and understand the importance of body language.

In your opinion what do you think it takes to become a professional bellydancer?

Lots of training and commitment as a student is crucial.

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Zunaira Sa (Malaysia), Currently studying her PhD 

Beginner MEDA Student, 10 months

What was the best memory you’ve had since joining?

The Hafla show at SEGI University Campus, where everyone was a family and everyone helped each other selflessly.

In your opinion what do you think it takes to become a professional bellydancer?

I think it takes time, effort, patience, hard work but also it takes someone that coaches you, to pay attention to you so you can become even better at it.

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