Introduction of Belly Dance to Bracciano/Cerveteri/Ladispoli in Italy

Submitted by: Louise Petkov

Irene's Success Story

When I moved to Italy I immediately began teaching Belly Dance lessons. I lived outside of Rome in an area where this dance was still taboo. My first student was a beautiful young woman named Irene. With her help and the help of another friend translating for me I began teaching in 9 different dance studios and fitness centers. After 5 years I had a total of approx. 150 students. Irene is now a Master Level Belly Dancer instructor and performer. This was quite an accomplishment for an American who spoke little Italian to introduce a taboo dance to so many lovely Italian ladies who became close friends and left me with beautiful memories of sparkling eyes and flowing veils.