by Nadya Sabina
I grew up in a small village in Sweden and my life was great until I started school. It took only one day and then most of the other girls in my class started to bully me. Since it's a small village most of the other girls were related to each other, but my family had moved there 5 years prior to me starting school and therefor I didn't really have that much backup. I did get a few friends, but most were in different classes than mine.
Flashing forward a few years, I had terrible self-esteem and self-confidence. I had anorexia and was scared of meeting other people because of what they might think of me and how I look. But then I found a couple of videos online of bellydancers and was amazed by what they can do with their bodies and that was the beginning of something that would change my entire life and how I view myself.
I started dancing on my own in the comfort of my home with the guidance of online video classes, but then I saw an ad in a paper about local bellydance classes. I was reluctant at first since I was afraid to let other people see me and talking to strangers was not something I was comfortable with at the time. But then I thought of how much I really wanted to learn this art so I applied and it was the best decision I have ever made! I came out a braver person, more comfortable with talking to strangers, I have no eating disorder left and now I have a career doing what I love the most: bellydancing!