Me: A few words about yourself
Sharon: I grew up with oriental music – Egyptian style. And, I have been teaching Oriental dance as a professional for around 15 years. I have travelled to many countries, especially Egypt.
Aside from dancing, I also have a background in event management. I used to be a night club manager in Montpellier. I was handling everything from staff recruitment to arts programming.
My style is energetic and charismatic. I am very dynamic, positive, and feminine as a person. My dance mirrors my personality. I do not create a different character when I dance. Therefore, I am often invited to teach Shaabi, Baladi, Mejance … but also workshops on expression: for example, “Spice up your style”.
Me: How did the OMF project start?
Sharon: Before I launched the OMF, I used to organize some bellydance week-ends based on a few workshops and a one-night show. I wanted these week-ends to become longer, I wanted to invite more teachers, and I wanted to introduce a competition… for these week-ends to turn into real festivals.
When I started with the first OMF festival, I did not think I would be organizing seven of them. (She smiles) The thing is, I only work with bellydance. I do not have any other job to fall back on if I fail… there are many things at stake for me.
But I am really thankful this turned out to be a successful experience, and that we still keep on today!