Bridging into the Fitness World with Oreet
An interview with SharQui Founder, Oreet
Oreet will talk to us about entering the fitness world from the teacher’s perspective. Topics will include:
How a belly dance fitness class is different from a traditional class
What belly dance teachers need in order to move into belly dance fitness
How lesson planning is different for a fitness class
How to position a belly dance fitness class in the age of Zumba and other dance fitness formats
When people ask me what I do I say:
“I help women and men reach their fitness goals with the Beauty, and Spirit of bellydance along with the Power and Strength of group fitness.”
But what I really want to say is:
“I help remind women and men that they are already Beautiful, Strong and that they CAN do it, dammit!”
Hi, I’m Oreet – As you’ve probably guessed, teaching people how to bellydance while getting a workout (and having fun) in a supportive atmosphere is my sweet spot. I’m super-passionate about teaching and able to encourage and challenge participants while still helping them find their way.
And when it comes to turning people who thought, “I can’t do that!” into “Oh snap, I really can!” or “I’m too fat!” into “Damn I’m fabulous” – I’m the one.
I’ve got 20+ years of experience as a fitness instructor plus grew up with art form of bellydance— and I’ve led packed classes and workshops in the U.S. and Japan.
I’ve been featured on NBC, ABC, CBS, and CNN to name a few and have the titles Bellydancer of the Year, Jewel of the Nile, Entertainer of the Year and Middle Eastern Dance Champion of North America.
I have been growing my business, SharQui, since 2000 and have almost 100 instructors globally. I hustled with heart for many years without mentors and have made expensive mistakes. The key is, stay with it. I’m honored to be a part of the Belly Dance Business Academy as an instructor! (wish BDBA was around when I was growing my biz). I will be offering classes on how to up level your teaching career, marketing, business set up, how turn your bellydance class into a fitness class, bellydance competitions, and more.
Thank you for the honor of being your coach!