Meher Malik

Belly dance which first began in Egypt is banned in many middle-eastern countries. I’m not the only one struggling to establish it as a professional dance form; there are several other Egyptian dancers who are trying to do the same each day. I came to India because I wanted to become a fashion designer, but I realised that it wasn’t anything I had imagined. I hated the experience completely and dropped out 3 months later. Dancing on the other hand was not planned at all. I was a salsa student as Salsa India when I found out that they were looking for a belly dance instructor. Although I had never taught it before, I wasn’t afraid to try and to my surprise. They liked it and that’s how I came up with the idea of opening up my own dance school which only focussed on belly dance. There’s been no looking back ever since. I intend to expand throughout the country and I hope that my dance school “Banjara” will at least be in all the major metropolitan cities. I want to travel the world and teach belly dance and become an internationally acclaimed dancer.

People tend to perceive things in a certain way and there’s no way one can change their ideas. I was unsure if the Indian version of belly dance was good enough as compared to those “skimpy clad” Russian models until I participated in a reality show. It helped me believe in myself and my passion and it has shown with an increase in the number of students who have enrolled to become a part of my journey. I still believe that I have a long way to go and I’m happy to see that it has finally found acceptance in India and people are slowly opening up to it. I don’t regret anything because I believe that everything happens for a reason and I wouldn’t have done anything differently. My choices and decisions have made me the person I am right now and I wouldn’t have it any other way.